Dawson and I paddled the North Oromocto from Little Yoho Stream to the Junction this afternoon. Water level read just over 1.2 on the Tracy gauge. Pretty easy going at these levels ... not a single rock to scrape the canoe.
Little Yoho Stream is a small tributary that cuts under the 645 right in Vespra where the tracks cross the road. There's a noticeable parking area (on the north / right).
Although it's probably only usable in the Spring freshet, Little Yoho was a lot of fun. It was small and fast with no dangers. A nice (surprising) drop about half way from the 645 to the big river gave us a laugh. We wished Little Yoho lasted longer and we'll be looking for more like it.
Gaspereau are runnning THICK on the Oromocto ... saw a handful of eagles and osprey working the river for their lunch. Even saw a momma black bear and two cubs along the edge of the river.
The ledges in F'ton Junction were very runnable and we made it through the set with only a few cups of water jumping over the gunnels. River left (but not too far left) seems to be the simplest route.
After a successful run of the the ledges, we took the fork on the river-left ... didn't pay enough attention and discovered a very large wave that's preceded by a big dip. Dawson's new Appalachian then went for it's first full-blown "dumping" and we went for a swim.
All in all ... it was a great way to spend a grey Saturday afternoon in early May.
Sounds fun SPG, i'd love to try the North Oromocto sometime. Anybody else ever notice how you never flip on a known, major drop, you always flip on something relatively minor shortly afterwards when you've let your guard down.
Dawson and I have noticed this pattern and we repeat it frequently.
We scout the bigger stuff and deftly make our way through the rips ... only to get fetched up minutes later on something that we'd normally float past with a drink in both hands :-)
BTW, a local river enthusiast in Fton Junction told me that it's possible to canoe most of the upper section of the North Oromocto by using "Little Lake" as the Put-In. Apparently you can paddle across the lake and down the outlet and then, presto, you are on the big river.
you can also put in on oromocto lake at one of two boat landings. the best one is in the "basin" area of the lake. this can be accesed via the peltoma settlement road. the boat landing is only 5k i think from the road that acceses little lake. i like putting in there cause i think its neat when you can paddle out of the lake right into the river,