Monday, February 1, 2016

What a difference a year makes - Blackstone Gorge - January 31, 2016

Fiona heads out
Last year at this time we had a couple of feet of snow on the ground, and the Blackstone River was frozen solid.  The ice was thick enough to support fishermen above the Rolling Dam – that almost never happens. 

Yesterday the river was pretty much ice free, and the temperature was in the mid-50’s.  It even looked like spring as we put-in above the Rolling Dam in Blackstone, but the water was a chilly 38° (this is one of the few sites around with a thermometer on the gage).   The level was around 7’ on the Millville gage.

Approaching the new bike path bridge
We had three boat and four paddlers as we headed upstream toward Millville.  It’s a couple miles of flatwater, but still a pleasant trip.  The main attraction on this section of the river is a huge stone lock that is a remnant of the 1828 Blackstone Canal.  It is one of only three that survive, and because it is now high and dry you can get a great look at it’s construction.  There are also a couple of massive railroad bridges – including one that is being converted for use on a new bikepath through the area. 

We put-in around 9:00, and got back to the cars around noon.  Prefect morning trip. 

Taking a break at the Millville Lock
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