Been running the 'Chi for about 6 years now. My crew and I are planning on going Monday June 1st. The level right now is 1.24 and dropping. Is this still going to be an enjoyable run? I've never hit it this low. We plan on staying at the Rangers camp for 2 nights then Clearwater for our 3rd night. Any insight from anyone who's run it low is appreciated. I'm paddling a 17' Royalex Penobscott with skid guards with a partner. My other friend is paddling my other boat a 169 Disco. Thanks for any info you have guys. She could be 1m by the time Monday comes.
Ken I took a read through the old posts. Looks like I'll be working a little more than if she was running 1.5+. Oh well. I'll likely paint a few more rocks than normal. Weather looks great. Maybe the weekend will provide the area with a good blast of rain.
We're heading out today to the Miramichi, It's always low this time of year when we go and we always make it down just fine. There may be a section or two that the river widens out and gets pretty shallow but nothing worth cancelling you trip over. You will add a few new scratches to your canoe. Biggest issue you'll find is picking your way thru the rocks and finding the right line between them. No issues with getting swamped at these levels but getting stuck on a rock and grabbing the gunnels will likely put some novices in the water. The 2 or 3 large rocks will be exposed at Burnt hill, best to pull out (river left) and scout it out first.
Toms site here has lots of pictures for reference at these waters levels.
Wasn't a bad trip Ken. With all the rain from the storm that hit Thursday afternoon, the Miramichi was up ( Gauge said only about 1.5 but that was in Blackville, certainly felt like more water) The excess water actually messed up our plans. Made it down the river too fast, ended up spending just one night on the river. Stayed a Clearwater for the night and took out Saturday at Norrads Bridge.
With all the water we had it actually took the work out of the trip. A few standing waves here and there but otherwise we just floated over the rocks with out much issue. kinda boring actually, much prefer lower water levels to keep ya on your toes .
Just got back from the St. Croix this morning oddly enough it was more interesting than our trip down the Chi.
Sorry for the late update on our trip lads. With the site being down I didn't have the forum bookmarked and could t get back on to update.
The trip went well but was almost cancelled. 2 lads including the one whom was going to use his truck to haul our boats and gear to Norrads to meet our shuttle, O'Donnels, backed out the day before cast off. Yup my partner and I were pissed as the day before they were all excited for the run. They also had lame excuses for their backing out. Thankfully my wife offered to drop us off at Half Moon and pick us up at Norrads.
So my buddy and I made it on the Chi June 1st at around 10am. We made it to be Rangers camp by 2pm. The water was low, 1.3m, which made for a technical run. We had a couple close calls that only our balance saved us from. I've been in a canoe or kayak for close to 25 yrs and my partner takes direction well so we make a good team. He's quick to pick up on my line of attack which keeps verbal communication to emergency manouvers. We spent 2 days at The Rangers camp. Tuesday was cold and rainy so we had a lil day drunk playing guitar and having a good time singing and telling stories. He slept in the camp and I stayed in my Hennessy hammock. I would never sleep any other way. Day 3 took us to Clearwater which again gave us a technical day. We loved it as it just kept us working and the adrenaline pumping through some tight sets. Day 4 was the run to Norrads and gave us a nice sunny day out. My wife had the Jeep parked on the bank waiting for us at our 430p arrival. I was surprised to have cell phone reception from Half Moon to Rangers Brook. I was disappointed actually as I enjoy being cut off from the world. The wife appreciated the updates. Cell reception ceased the remainder of the trip. Regardless of the water level we love this trip. I have given up on planning for a group. Next year my partner and I will be hitting it and whomever wants to join us can just show up on their own arrangements. I hope to run this river again this summer. Thanks again for the site and forum Ken!