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White River

Saturday Apr 16, 2005
Participants:
Kayak: John Floyd, Eve Soutiere, Kevin Stevenson
Open Canoe: Richard Larsen, Sheri Larsen, John Danyew, Len Carpernter
OC2: George Agnew / John King
Organizer: Richard Larsen
Difficulty: nov-int WW
Level: medium low
Gauge (ft): 5.9
Gauge (cfs): 2500
USGS Gauge Name/Link: West Hartford, Vt

We had a week without rain leading up to the trip, so the water was low, but still seemed doable based on the available gauges. So, we put in at the Tweed River access, paddled the short distance to the White, and went to the Route 107 access about 3 miles beyond Gaysville.

We had reports of strainers in the river at and below the old abutments where Stony Brook enters the White, so we approached these areas cautiously. There was no major problem right at the abutments, but about 100 yards beyond the abutments all the available water went to a left-side channel that did have a tree fully across the flow - and a good current to push boats into it. A couple of boats were able to bounce and scrape down a right-side channel, but for the most part we landed on the center rock-island and lined boats down. There were no problems in the trip. We did have a swimmer from playing in the holes at the lunch rock, but it was no big deal.

In spite of the low water, it was a good day, with nice weather and a good group of paddlers.

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