A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler
Trip OverviewPaddled from Pleasant St to the stone arch bridge and then paddled back. 2 Miles one way There was rain 2 days before the trip so this was in medium to high water. There were no obstructions at all. When passing under the Main St bridge we had to lie down in the canoe and just barely squeezed under it. That would not have been possible in high water but the portage would have been easy. There was good scenery and the water was flat and easy to paddle back upstream. I would recommend this trip for high water conditions. PS. I did a trip 2 days later (1/20) further downstream by parking at Ridge Rd and paddling under the Searles Rd bridge, the New Searles Rd bridge and ending at Harris Rd. The trip went well with few obstructions(I cleared them) until I passed under New Searles Rd. After that there was more brush and were several large trees that I had to lift over. If the water was 6 inches higher I wouldn't have had to lift over most of the trees. When finally reaching Harris Rd there was a lot of brush I had to paddle through to reach the bridge. Veer left through the grass tufts not through the bushes. The scenery was mostly suburban neighborhoods. The second trip was to determine the possibility of paddling from Pleasant St all the way to Fields Grove Park in Nashua (7 miles). I believe It is possible in high water conditions and minimal clearing of bushes and downed trees. Be sure to bring cutting tools if attempted. BTW after Fields Grove Park the brook goes over a dam into an about 800ft long culvert making paddling further impossible.
Gear NotesBow Saw, Lopping Shears, Folding Saw
Portage NotesMain St bridge depending on water conditions. Easy Portage. Or one could just put in at main street and shave off 0.5 miles.
- Trip Dates: 1/18/2021
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water