|Running the Damondale Dam|
We would be running the section of the Assabet from Acton to Concord. It’s a pretty section that is mostly flatwater except for the broken dam at Damondale. The river was at a nice level – 2.5 feet, 200 cfs. We had quite a mixture of boats – Bill and I paddled tandem in my Mohawk; Tommy in his Osprey and Jonathan in his Courier paddled solo; Mena was poling in Tommy’s Souhegan; Lora and Pat were in whitewater kayaks; and Al had his long boat.
|Through the blow-downs|
There were quite a few blowdowns below the dam, including the river wide strainer that gave us trouble last time we were here. The canoes had better luck getting over than the kayaks, so I got out into waist-deep water to help - drysuits are wonderful things! We stopped for lunch in West Concord, and it started to rain just as we pulled into the take out at Lowell Road in Concord at around 2:00. Nice trip.