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A normally quiet and slow moving river turned into a steady, fast and fun ride with the help from thunderstorms and an unusual series of tornadoes. My buddy in a 9' Old Town and myself in an 11' Perception dropped in from the Harford rd. bridge at 5pm. Navigating the fast flow was easy as there weren't many strainers and the water was well over the majority of the large river rocks.
Being new to the sport, the first few wave sections were pretty scary, but by the end I had wanted to do it all again. More than not you were able to go one side or the other for a wilder or calmer ride. A spray skirt would have been helpful as I had to empty the boat from excessive wave splash twice on the 2 hour float, but my buddy only had to once.
Coming up on the Belair rd. bridge, I opted to pull out upstream and walk under the bridge while my buddy opted to ride, or swim, even though I warned him he might not be able to safely land on the other side!
Getting out of the water around 7, it was a fast run, compared to the 4 hours it took to do that section in tubes last year after a hurricane. So just understand for time sake, the water was moving really fast.
If we would have had an earlier start, we could of taken the river down to the rt. 7 bridge(not a very good portage, plus little parking) where the water also gets a little rockier, or the rt. 40 bridge, an easy portage but no parking, where there is a full rapid section. Or all the way to Mariner Point, a county park and boat ramp that is on a channel right near the mouth of the Gunpowder.
Overall, I had a blast and wanted to share my experience since there wasn’t another story on this section of the river.