For 25 years, my local club ran the northeast’s first wildwater race of the season (Rhode Island Whitewater Championships) on the third Saturday of March on the Branch River in RI.
Logistics and insurance finally became too much for the group and the race ended in 2005, but we still try to get a group together each year to run the river on that Saturday. This year we had a warm day with lots of snowmelt to bring the river up. Four of us did the trip – 1 solo canoe – Chuck (long-time P-net member Riverstrider), 1 tandem canoe – me and Bill, and 1 kayak – Brian. The run itself is about 7 miles – mostly flatwater, some quickwater and 3 small class II rapids (Whipple Drop, Glendale and Atlas Pallet).
It seems like I have been hiking more than paddling lately, so it was good to get out in the boat. Hopefully this is the beginning of the spring paddling season.
Few more pictures here: