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Lower New Haven

Saturday Apr 5, 2008
Participants:
Kayak: Shawn Enterline, Chris Weed, Dave Hurley, Jamie Dolan
Open Canoe: Eric Bishop, Tony Shaw
OC2: Anya Schwartz & Guen Gifford
Organizer: Jamie Dolan
Difficulty: intermediate WW
Level: low boatable
Gauge (cfs): 780
Author: Jamie Dolan

Though the water was low(ish) the boaters were willing. As usual, the start is an attention getter. The cold water face splashes give better adrenaline than coffee. After boat scouting for wood on the second rapid (there was none) we continued on to where the New Haven meets Baldwin Creek. Just above the first bridge one of the kayakers developed a split on the bottom of his boat. Though an on river repair was effected he ended pulling out. Duct tape really doesn't keep out the water too well. Things continued uneventfully as we all made it under the second iron bridge just above the mill. After road scouting, Anya lead Tony down in the tandem very smoothly. All boaters made it down with a smile. Gwen and Anya were having a great day but got caught up in conversation and found their boat full of water just above the last rapid. They said the water wasn't too cold. After getting their boat back to shore they continued on smiling, if not a bit cooler. All in all, a very good time.

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