Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pawcatuck - Shannock to Richmond - July 8, 2017

Running Lower Skannock Falls
I was thinking about going up the NH for a low water run on the Winni, but the threat of thunderstorms killed those plans.  Instead, I stayed local and paddled the Pawcatuck from Shannock to Richmond with RICKA.  The sun was out and the river was at a nice level – 2.5’,130 cfs on the Wood River gage.

Since I had the float bags in the boat from the trip to the Deerfield, I decided to run the the Lower Shannock Falls.  It’s an easy line that goes from left to right and then back to left.  I took in a little water in the drops at the end.  After a little bit of surfing below the falls we headed down.

Above the Richmond Dam
This is a short but pretty section of river – about 3.5 miles.  The Carolina Raceway provides a little excitement, and the Carolina Canoe Campsite is a great place to stop for lunch.  Before long we were down at the Richmond Dam.

I’ve run the Richmond Dam several times in the past, so rather than looking myself I asked Chuck if it was runnable. He said it was, so I did.  The drop was a little bigger than I expected, but I ran it fine, and followed up with a little surfing. 

Surfing at the Richmond Dam
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