Thanks for your comment skyview. I looked up wing dam and it does seem like it might be one. This area used to be a tourist destination for folks from Chicago that would take big (300’) boats from Chicago to the Silver Beach amusement park and then smaller (100’) boats took people upstream on the St Joseph to various tourist play areas. I’ve wondered how they managed to use such big boats on the river.
I was on a section of river today (Upper Winnipesaukee river) that I like to practice on because the river was running a bit higher than it has all summer. I didn’t realize they had opened the dam at the bottom of this section and dropped the level. It’s usually calm and slow moving through here. Not today.
It has been a weird couple years down here in east Texas as well. The Neches River has a flood stage at 17’ where I canoe a lot. Last year it stayed above 16’ from February to half way through August. This past summer I don’t think it ever got above 8’. We had a very dry summer, but thankfully we have been getting rain lately.