I think service New Brunswick sells river maps but I'm not sure what they show or don't show. It'd be interesting to find out. It's hard to plan for something you know nothing about, most people i know would rather not venture into the wilderness.
The St. Croix Waterway commission publishes a great map of the St. Croix watershed! It shows from the northern tip of the Chiputneticook Lakes and the river system down to the bay. It list campsites, rips and portage trails on the river and the lakes.
It is water proof and rip proof (haven't tested yet) and sells for about 10 buck. I know you can get it from the commission, but the only other place that I know has it for sure is Stuarts across from the Royal Bank in St. Stephen. I think you can get it in McAdam too, but don't know for sure.
I thought I would take a crack at this one since i've got time on my hands:
Nashwaaksis Stream - Estey's Bridge to Sunset Stone Bridge Lenth: 6km to 105 takeout, 9km to Sunset Bridge Time: 1.5-2hrs on the water
Put In: Take Royal Rd. (Route 620) to Estey's Bridge (intersection with Kingsley Rd.) Drive over bridge, turn left onto Kingsley Rd. and then immediately turn left down over the hill next to the bridge put in under the bridge
Take Out(s): 1) Route 105 (Ring Rd.), head west past the Royal Rd. exit, cross the little bridge over the stream and about 2km past look on the right until you see the stream and a large culvert/fish ladder this one option. 2) Sunset Dr. Stone Bridge, follow Main St. until you reach intersection with Sunset Dr., cross the Stone Bridge, take first right down Stone Bridge Ct., park in parking lot next to Sunset Dr., take out is either side of the bridge.
Gauge to Read: www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/text_search/search_e.html?search_by=p®ion=NB : select Middle Branch Nashwaaksis Stream at Sandwith's Farm. If the gauge is reading 0.4 you can scrape down in a kayak, if it's 0.5 you can manage a canoe, if it's reading over 1.1 then peoples homes are flooding and you don't want to be on it. I've run it as high as 1.05.
Things to be aware of: The run is largely Class I easy rapids, there is a Class II section early and another right before the Sunset Dr. Stone Bridge. The stream is narrow and twisty in these areas and requires some manoeuvering around obstacles. The flatter sections are prone to sweepers (trees falling across the stream), which must be avoided. There have been beaver dams built from time to time which you may try to go over, or lift around.
Other comments: A fun easy run that can be attempted after work in the spring, or anytime the rain raises the level through the summer.
Post by Ken Corbett on Jan 25, 2011 8:36:26 GMT -5
Some folks need to have every detail pinned down, so they know where they're going, what to expect and what to watch out for.
Other folks prefer to venture into the unknown, with just a minimum of info to get them through the tight spots.
I think I'm somewhere in the middle.
The government of Ontario once published a canoe map of a northern river, and the map showed the tale-out for the portage on the right bank. It was actually on the left. Several folks came to grief before the map was recalled. Moral: Double-check before you follow someone else's directions.