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High Spring water conditions made the current a lot faster than usual. We encountered many winter blowdowns completely across the narrow river. No portaging was necessary, we were able to wiggle through, sometimes having to jump from one side of the river to the other right away. The snags will be cleared later in the year by the Wood-Pawcatuck River Association.
As the water level drops later in the year, you may encounter rocks; they can easily be avoided if you spot the ripples soon enough.
Burdickville Dam sits five miles downstream. It can be run just to the right of the "island". Be sure to get left as soon as you can, there are rocks and a gravel bar just past the road bridge, about a hundred yards below the dam. In low water conditions you can portage over the dam on the left.
The remaining four miles to the Bradford boat launch is relatively placid. You may encounter Canada geese, cormorants, and ospreys anywhere along the nine-plus mile stretch.
Bradford launch - on the left, four miles further along Route 91.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Kayak Motor Kit
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs