Has anyone paddled the South Oromocto River? Is it worth doing? (I know the lower part is infested with motorized things -- but how about the top part, say at Blissville?) If so, how would water levels be this weekend?
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2006 21:12:20 GMT -5 by kittykat
blissville is the last end of the south branch and where the river starts to get slower and more marshy. up further the river the river is very dependent on rain and will drop fairly fast. there is a set of falls called the south branch falls on the upper part that i have heard are a substancial drop (have not seen them) i have thought about doing this river sometime, maybe this spring, ya never know.
Well, we scouted the South Branch Oromocto River on Friday evening at a couple of points above Blissville and ultimately decided there wasn't enough water to make it much fun (float, drag, float, drag). When our shuttle partners decided to back out to spend the weekend boiling corn, we took a trip out to Spednic Lake instead. Beautiful day both Saturday and Sunday, although the water was very low, according to the very friendly and helpful park caretakers.
So I cannot report, other than to say the South Oromocto looks like it would be a fun ride in mid June or even July if there had been a bit of rain.
Post by Ken Corbett on Sept 4, 2006 14:03:52 GMT -5
You can drive out Route 385 from Blissville toward St. George and pit in Shin Creek where it goes under the road about sevenish miles out and follow it to the Oromocto and then to the covered bridge above Hoyt. No rapids, but the chance of a blowdown on Shin Creek. I ran it, and it was a pleasant day trip.
Some have run from the uppermost end of Shin Creek in high water from where it first crosses under 385 near the Piskahegan, they say, but it looks too small. There is a waterfall as well as a deadwater in that stretch. Maybe there's another road to get higher up on Shin Creek.
Another trip in this area is Back Creek from the bridge at Wirral down to the Oromocto. Some rocky stretches, the odd barb wire fence, alder-swept turns, twisting meanders. Another day trip I ran a few years back. I suspect it can be run from the lake at Clarendon.