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White R. to West Hartford

Saturday Aug 9, 2008
Kayak: David Hathaway, Chris Weed
OC2: Tony and Emily Shaw
Organizer: Tony and Emily Shaw
Difficulty: novice WW
Level: medium high
Gauge (ft): 7.20
Gauge (cfs): 4400
Author: Tony Shaw

On account of Thursday's devastating flash floods in the upper reaches of the White and Middlebury Rivers near Hancock, the White through Sharon and West Hartford remained at a record high level (for the date), when we met Saturday to paddle it under a warm sunny sky. It dropped from 4400 cfs to 3600 cfs as the day progressed, but the change was barely noticeable, as all the short class II rapids had numerous routes to choose from and there were multiple easy surfing waves at each of the river-wide ledges that become more numerous as you near the take-out. The canoe took on a little water in a few of the bigger waves, but Emily in the stern managed to keep us square enough to stay upright.

It took 2 1/2 hours to do the 7 mile trip, with a short lunch stop below the breached dam in Sharon (and with the help of a gentle tailwind).

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