Has anyone done the Cains river from the miramichi end all the way to Doaktown? I am new at this so let me know if its possible or not. And how long it would take. I would love to do it fist week of may
What do you mean by the Miramichi end? You can put it near the beginning in Zionville, but only in early spring when the water is high enough. You can also put in beside wildcat brook. This is a dirt road located off the Bettsburg road. It is only about a 4 hour canoe trip to the Grand Lake rd bridge. There is also another access point if you continue further up this road. I am not sure about this access point though.
Sorry I want to maybe leave from Zionville and take my boat out Where cold brook or salmon brook dumps in all the way to the other end of the cains ? How long would that take and is first weekend of May a good time?
We did your planned trip last June. Put in at the Grand Lake Rd Bridge on Fri at noon and took out in Blackville on Sun at noon. We camped near Shinnickburn on Fri and near the mouth of the Cains on Sat. If you are fishing, concentrate on waters you paddle through during the first half of the trip. The paddle on the Main SW Miramichi could be tough depending on the wind. Have fun!
We did that same trip.... Although.... there was some poor planning. We thought we could float from the bridge to blackville in 2 days (1 night). Fail. If it wasn't for some very nice fishermen from Moncton, we would have been paddling through the night.
Post by Ken Corbett on Mar 30, 2014 8:11:09 GMT -5
It took us four days to paddle from Zionville, where it emerges from the alders, to Shinnickburn. We were fishing and cruising, not looking for speed. There were no "rapids." I remember the road from route 123 into Shinnickburn was rough, but we made it through.
You must be hitting a brook before the river? I took a rip out and I crossed a stream but no Cains. May be able to get a bit farther once the snow melts, but looks to be not much more then an atv trail really. Unless you turned off onto the nichols road and met up with the other logging road that runs all the way to chipman.
Post by Ken Corbett on Apr 11, 2014 19:50:12 GMT -5
Hey I confess, it was 25 years ago, but that was the way we got there. There was a solitary cabin, and a small clearing just past it with room for our tent and a nice bank to load our canoe and push off into the stream the next morning.
After it was a bust in Zionville - I rode up to Boisetown and hit the Cain's further west of the Bauntelour Rd (spelling?)and it looks pretty sketchy with a lot of over grown alders. Very narrow but found that the river opens up further north behind Bettsburg. We're putting in at a spot with landing and camping area tomorrow morning and running down to the South Cains River Road where it puts into the Chi. Should be 2 nights on the river after shuttling and such. Water running quick and seen 8 moose on my scouting trip so pretty stoked for this. Will take lots of pictures.