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subject Quiet water gauges
author Noah
city Burlington
posted Friday May 25th 2018, 10:20 PM
in reply to 'Gauge correlations...' by: Chris W.

It is definitely worth collecting some data on minimum levels for these quiet water canoe trips. Unfortunately folks paddling quiet water are less dialed into water levels then us ww folks. Our forum on "river levels" on the CT River Paddlers' Trail site has received very little posts. That said, I can do a better job when out in the field to take notes and encouraging folks to do the same, and there definitely is knowledge out there.

I think there are general rules of thumb for the different rivers, however - sections likely to be bony in the summer, etc. The AMC's guidebooks do a pretty good job at this, as do the maps out there (Lamoille, CT River, NFCT...). I have found that most of the rivers you mentioned can be paddled even in dry summer conditions. That said, there are certainly sections of the Winooski between East Montpelier and Montpelier I'd avoid, or between Pittsburg and Canaan on the CT, and much of the lower Saranac. Or the White River above Bethel. But still plenty to explore...Happy tripping and report what you find! Noah 

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