Date: May 12-13, 2007 Water Level: .72 North Oromocto @ Tracy Crew: 2 Boats, 4 People Length: 10 hours, 15-16 Miles Elevation Drop: 0 Feet
Well, we aborted the North Oromocto river overnighter trip and opted for a place with more water...Rusagonis.
We put in at the concrete bridge on the Rusagonis Road and dropped the truck off in Oromocto. We loaded up the boats and started paddling down the Rusagonis stream. Boy am I glad I brought the GPS on this trip. Everything past the train bridge was underwater.....for miles! I knew this land flooded, but I didn't think it flooded that much! It was trees and water the whole way. You could aim your canoe anywhere you wanted and B-line it, huge shortcuts were made.
All was good until we found out the spot that I wanted to camp (Where the Rusagonish Stream meets the Oromocto above French Lake) was about 15 feet underwater. We scouted for land and 2 hours later we found it. We camped at French Lake Provincial Park. There was a spring-prep crew there that I hauled out of bed to ask permission to camp. There were cool with it.
The next day we paddled from French Lake to Oromocto and stopped for lunch on top of one of the old bridge peers just before going under the 4-lane highway, that was pretty cool.
Post by Ken Corbett on May 14, 2007 13:31:52 GMT -5
Yeah, I know that area, once we paddled down some alder stream from Highway 7 at Haneytown to French Lake. We met the same maple bogs with flooded switchbacks and shortcuts that ended up in thick tangles too. We took out at French Lake. Haven't been back since, it must be the biggest bog in New Brunswick.