Born and raised in Charlotte County, and I've never paddled any more than to go fishing in the county. Anyone run the Lepreau river? Obviously you will HAVE to get off it before Lepreau falls at the bay. I do NOT want to go over that! With names like Ragged Falls, Big Falls, Little Falls, Keyhole Falls, makes me wonder.
there are parts on the upper that are suitable for experienced whitewater canoeists,from the headwaters down to just before the second bridge on the lepreau road anything bellow here is suicide for most canoeists. here it starts in a steep canyon with series of large drops as far as the eye can see. there are a few slower spots below but they dont last long. i had some pics but not digital. river addict on this board likely has some pics of the first gorge, beautiful spot.
if youre looking for some good canoeing in your area, the magaguadavic has lots of good put ins and take outs. there are nice quiet water sections with just a bit of rapids and others with some challenging rapids (some that should ussually be portaged)the outlet of mcdougall lake is easily accesed and and the rapids only up to a class 2. there are parts on the digdiguash suitable for a day trip that are suitable for less experienced paddlers, but there are also class 4 and 5 sections that must be avoided. the st. croix is also a good choice with predictable summer water levels, easy rapids (mostly pool drop) i bit crowded on weekend if your not there early.
Thanks guys. I was home for a visit a few days back, and I drove over this river for the umpteenth time. This time I started to wonder. Sounds like a good river to steer clear of.
Concerning the Maqaguadivic, it's been on my list for a while to try. I've wondered about the Digdiguash as well, perhaps this summer. I did the St. Croix from Vanceboro down to some camp ground below Little Falls. I wasn't overly impressed, but it might have been because it was crowded. Never again on Canada Day weekend!
Post by davidjeffrey on Jan 21, 2012 9:47:13 GMT -5
Hit up the Digdeguash for sure... it's the river I paddle most. Each section has something to offer every paddler... from psychopaths looking to bomb down some big falls to a mellow canoe with some fishing and beers. If you have access to a 4x4 with sensible ground clearance, a great route to paddle is way upriver at Barber Dam down to the Lawrence station bridge by the school. As far as I know, this section doesn't see too many paddlers. I've canoed it once and the only hard part is a short stretch of ledges shortly after the put in, but they're easily portaged. I barged down them in an Old Town no prob.
If you want to scare yourself a bit, put in at the wyman mills bridge down to the tryon bridge... there are 4 solid rapids on this stretch, the first three are pretty tricky, and the fourth is a breeze. Be ready to get wet on this stretch.
vimeo.com/user849578 this link has a bunch of videos I've made of the places I've paddled... scroll through and you'll see a few from Charlotte county. Waweig river, Dennis Stream, Piskehagen Stream, Magaguadavic river, Digdeguash river, and the NW Digdeguash river. Enjoy!