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Mascoma River

Saturday Apr 13, 2002
Kayak: Dan Moore, John Deming, Miriam Langner, Allan Berggren
Open Canoe: Bruce Healy, Andy Meilleur, Tony Shaw, Carol Anne Eldridge ,Laurie Wunder
OC2: Paul Berry & Penny Lowman, Tom & Diane Sawyer
C1: Bill Lowman
Organizer: Allan Berggren
Difficulty: int-adv WW
Level: medium high
Gauge (cfs): 800

Large group of combined AMC and MVP paddlers met at the Mascoma. Gauge was jacked up to 4.9 at the dam, USGS said 800 for the race being held. At that level, the course is brisk, with shallow eddies, lots of cross-curling standing waves, and holes are medium to large.

The Excelsior rapids at the bottom is bright and bold, with a pleasant aroma of river, and a light body--oh, that's right, this isn't wine. There were a series of large holes in right center, and others which could be maneuvered among. Anyway, several paddlers new to this stream scrunched up their courage and ran what is, at that level, a solid 4 section, with one magnificent combat roll (Dan Moore) and no swims.

After the Mascoma, John Deming convinced me to go to the Black River, which to our surprise was running at 2 on the bridge gauge, 800 cfs on the Springfield gauge. This is about as nice a level as one could hope to find it. Our marker "knuckle rock" was almost submerged (and passable over, with some pushing), and there were tons of features to play. The narrows section of the gorge is hydraulic without being grabby.

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