Paddled the St. George from Searsmont village down to the usual take-out at Route 105 last Sunday. The St. George was free of ice. I was also happy to see that, with one exception, the fallen trees that criss-crossed the upper portion of the river a year ago no longer block passage by canoe or kayak. In several places, the tree trunks and branches have been trimmed back, leaving at least a 10 foot gap to paddle through. The one remaining tree is in the flatwater section within a mile of the put in and is an inconvenience but not a danger as the current there is gentle.
I checked the Passy last weekend but the lower flatwater section was still iced-in. I'll check again in a few days.
Passy: We ran the Passy on 3/13 from the Banks Road down. The Passy was low but passable. The river is in pretty good condition overall. The large tree extending from river left a quarter mile downstream of the Rollerson Bridge is a concern. Skip P. and I cut a segment of the tree and opened up the middle channel (which is still open) last spring. For a few months, the area underneath the tree (river left) was packed with debris and became an eddy, but the recent rains have washed out the debris and mud, so the tree trunk itself is again a strainer.
In the section a half mile above the Keene Farm bridge (the last bridge, I believe) there are a few partially submerged tree trunks that are obstructions, depending on the level..
St. George: We ran the St. George yesterday. Level was definitely not high but high enough to be fun and a bit technical. Bad strainer/obstruction where the first little drop is a few hundred yards from the start. The river is very narrow there. The left and middle is blocked with debris, so the only choice is to get swept into the bushes on the right. Definitely needs attention!
The only other concern on the St. George is a large tree trunk on river left just above the Ghent Road bridge (you can see it from the bridge). Those paddling river right can get around it, but it is definitely a hazard to anyone who does not get over to the right.
Other than that, the St. George is in good shape.
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2016 9:10:36 GMT -5 by Ray Wirth