Wednesday, May 11, 2016

North Branch of the Pawtuxet – May 10, 2016

Henry, Rosco and Cheryl
The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club began it's season with a joint paddle with the Southern New England Paddlers on the North Branch of the Pawtuxet. We put in above the Hope Furnace Dam (15 Hope Furnace Road in Scituate) and paddled upstream to the Scituate Reservoir. 

After a week of cold rainy weather, it was great to get out on a relatively warm evening – it almost felt like spring.  There is no gage in this section of the river, but the gage on the main branch of the Pawtuxet in Cranston was 4.3 feet, 335 cfs. We had about 14 paddlers in a mixture of boats,

Spillway from the dam
We paddled upstream into the backwater of the Hope Furnace Dam.  Eventually the river narrows as you approach the Scituate Reservoir Dam.  It got shallow in spots, but we all made it up to the dam.  With last week’s rain, there was a lot of water coning to the dam’s spillway – it looked like a waterfall.  From there we turned around and came back down. 

Heading back

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