Sunday, May 19, 2024

Quinebaug - Danielson to Plainfield - May 19, 2024

Heading out
I was going to paddle Great Swamp with Chuck today, but it got cancelled due to high water. I thought about going out to paddle the Covered Bridge section of the Housatonic with Paul D, but it is a really long drive. Instead, sent an email to Paul L looking to paddle the Branch. He wasn’t interested in that, so we were back on the Q2 – second time this year.

The Quinebaug River arises above East Brimfield Lake in Sturbridge and flows generally southeast for 60 miles through MA and CT to Norwich where it joins the Willimantic to form the Shetucket. The Q2 (as Paul calls it) is the section from Danielson to Plainfield.

Crew at the take-out
I met Paul at 10:00, and Ben showed up a little later. The river was at a nice level – 4.5-feet, 1,100 cfs. The river starts off with quickwater until you reach the first rapid - the Dyer Dam about 2-miles downstream. I ran center left, Paul and Ben went right.

More quickwater follows until 5-miles downstream when you reach the Wauregan Dam above the Wauregen Road Bridge. The waves at the top right were big, but we  stayed right anyway. The trip took us about 2 hours.

Quinebaug from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.


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