Monday, June 16, 2014

RICKA Meting on the Water - Nipmuc River/Harrisville Pond - June 16, 2014

Heading upstream
It was a beautiful day today – sunny and warm – so I rushed through dinner to get out to paddle at the first RICKA Meeting on the Water on the Nipmuc River in Harrisville.

The Nipmuc River is formed at the confluence of Round Top Brook and the Chockalog River. It flows south about 3 miles into the Clear River, which eventually flows into Harrisville Pond.  The river was low but runnable – 3’, 10cfs on the Harrisville gage.

Back down around the beaver dams
I arrived at the Harrisville Fishing area at about 6:15, and everyone was just getting ready to launch.  The group included one canoe and twelve kayaks.  Frank gave the safety talk and we headed upstream. 

The Nipmuc has some of the cleanest water in the state, and usually we see lots of wildlife.  Beavers are especially active on this section of the river, and we carried over four beaver dams before we decided to turn around.  The run back downstream is always quicker that the trip up. 

After paddling back down, we headed out into the Harrisville Pond before heading home.  Great night on the water.

The crew takes a break
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