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The (Friendly) Wells River

Saturday Apr 24, 2021
Kayak: Jamie D., Ryan K., Jim P., Tony S.
Organizer: Tony Shaw
Difficulty: int-adv WW
Level: low boatable
Gauge (ft): 2.55
Gauge (cfs): 200
USGS Gauge Name/Link: Wells River
Author: Tony Shaw

While we wait for a wet week to bring up Joe's Brook, it's always good out with Jamie D. and Jim P. – no matter what trail, woods, or river. But the Wells “ledges” section is mighty beautiful, and friendly at exactly 200 cfs on a 60+ sunny April afternoon, and – BONUS - before the bugs are out!

We met at the crack of noon, did 2 laps together, then I stuck around for a 3rd lap when Ryan K. showed up (with his boat). Between the 4 of us we evinced several aerobatic moves at the waterfall auto-boof - on river right - the likes of which I'd never seen before, but none (thankfully) that required a swim, or first aid kit!

I'd like to think the VPC could pull off another Creeking Clinic on the Wells post-COVID, like the one we hosted in 2012.

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