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Duck river

Trip Overview

Did the Duck river from Normandy dam to Three Forks Bridge Rd. It's a solid 9 mile trip. It was my 10 year old daughters first river trip. My 13yr old daughter, wife and I had done many river trips together but we had only let the little one do lakes. I was a little trepidatious about the trip mainly because she's a tad uncoordinated and that part of the duck can get slow and require a lot of paddling. I was in a perception swifty 9.5, wife had my old pelican trailblazer100, 13 yr old had a pelican vortex, and the 10 yr had a pelican apex 80 sot. Went perfectly. Couldn't ask for a better river to break kids in on. It has some current, a couple of rapids, but is mostly calm and flat. Perfect for getting a first timers confidence up. We finished in about 4.5 hours with 3 stops. Which is way under the time I had allotted for. This section can be paddled year round and is perfect for beginners. There is 1 Portage at the cortner dam but if you get out to the right there is a semi gravled trail to take you around. There are a couple of take outs before the one we chose, to shorten the trip. Only cons to this section is that if your used to having a lot of sand bars to take a break at this section doesn't have them. There might be 3 decent areas to picnic or camp at. Only saw 1 copperhead on the trip so +++
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddling, Kayak Fishing, Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Number of Portages: 1
  • Portage Description: Cortner mill Damn. It about your halfway point
Life jackets for kids.
Bring plenty of water for the flat water paddling.
Be aware of Damn generation.

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