Post by jakechestnut on Feb 12, 2016 15:37:43 GMT -5
3 friends and I plan to canoe 210 km from Juniper to the Miramichi Bay during the May long weekend of 2016 (pending water levels and weather to an extent). We will put in at half moon, and take out in the city. I have canoed from just below Rocky Brook to Doaktown, but I haven't canoed the stretch below Doaktown to Miramichi, or the stretch from Juniper to Rocky Brook. I have a few questions for this trip of a life time, any tips would be greatly appreciated.
1. I have an 18 foot chestnut Ogilvy, should I risk taking this canoe down the upper stretch? During my research I have read it is very rocky, but perhaps in the spring it will be ok. 2. We plan to take 4 people maximum on this trip. We have debated amongst ourselves whether we should go 1 man to canoe or 2 men to a canoe. What do you suggest? My gut tells me 2 - easier to navigate rapids and more paddle power on the slower stretches. Our thoughts against 2 men to canoe are that weight may become an issue. 3. has anyone done this trip before?
Post by riveraddict on Feb 18, 2016 22:16:42 GMT -5
Sounds like an awesome trip! I usually go solo on rivers and you won't need to worry about too many slower stretches on that trip. I would say the less weight the better but how many rocks you hit will depend on the water level and your communication with your partner if you choose to paddle with one. I've hit lots of rocks with my Chestnut and they are tougher than you would think. If you use the water level reference guide on Ken's site it will help you decide when May comes. Low water is lots of rocks and high water is lots of haystacks through some of the Half Moon to Rocky Brook rapids. When you see where Bill Mason took a Chesnut, the Miramichi looks pretty tame. Oh, and bring lots of repair tape and maybe a tube or two of marine goop... just in case.
Post by jakechestnut on Feb 23, 2016 13:50:56 GMT -5
Ok Awesome, I was afraid of the water slowing down once I get closer to the Miramichi. I think I'll pass on the Chestnut, I believe I will go solo in a 14 foot Old Town Guide (that is unless I'm able to conjure up enough funds to buy a 16' Penobscot before the trip). I'll be sure to add the tape and marine goop to my list. Cheers!
I don't imagine you would enjoy such a long run in a short Old town guide. Chances are you'll get swamped in it somewhere between half moon and Norrads Bridge. If water levels permit, i'd sooner take the Ogilvy.
I'm not familiar with the river past Doaktown but I'd think it would be a long, labor intensive run all the way to Miramichi... might need more than a weekend to get it done.
Post by jakechestnut on Mar 10, 2016 13:44:56 GMT -5
We are planning to take at least 6 days to do it. Roughly 10 hours of canoeing a day. It will most definitely be labor intensive, The first half will be easier for sure (in terms of paddling), the second half will be a big challenge, but we are looking forward to it.
Sounds like quite a trip. I hope to run lake brook which flows into the Miramichi & also the trip from half moon to Boiestown. Was up to push camp on my sled a week ago tomorrow for the first time, beautiful area can't wait to paddle through.