The St. George was reportedly open as of a few weeks ago but had frozen back up in places as recently as this week. The good news is that the St. George is now open again!
I paddled the St. George today. The level is quite low but passable and there are no constrictions due to snow or ice.
Hopefully we'll get some warmer temperatures and/or rain this week as it would be nice to have an additional six inches of water in the river. As it stands right now, I would not consider or recommend a kevlar boat unless I had stock in a kevlar company.
Last Edit: Mar 18, 2017 19:14:16 GMT -5 by Ray Wirth
A few of us are aiming to paddle the Passy this afternoon. Judging from what I've seen of the lower Passy (Doak Road bridge) and other local streams, my guess is the level is on the low end of the spectrum. The Marsh still has significant ice on the upper river at least. Hopefully, the ice is out of the Passy. I will post a river report here this evening. --Ray Wirth
Clayton, Eric, Leslie, and I "survived" this afternoon's trip down the Passy quite nicely. The canoeists among us had to get out of their boats several times due to areas with notable lack of water, but Leslie and I were able to stay in our boats all the way down, which was a plus. An afternoon call to the Waldo County YMCA confirmed that the Passy race was definitely a go, but our question as to whether Dale Cross had put a dam in place upstream went unanswered. The bottom line is, IF Dale has a dam in place (as he generally has each year) then we should be good for 6 - 10 inches of more water tomorrow and a kevlar boat is feasible. On the other hand, IF there is no dam in place and we need to go with what water is already in the river, then we are in for a scrape-y time -- and it would be best to bring a plastic boat.
My money is on having 6 to 10 inches more water and a decent level tomorrow. I'm gonna wax up the kevlar boat and hope for the best (but will also bring plastic, just in case).
Last Edit: Mar 31, 2017 19:20:44 GMT -5 by Ray Wirth
The level on the St. George should be excellent for tomorrow's race. There is no river gage on the St. George but the nearby Ducktrap gage indicates an increase from 35 cfs to 75 cfs in the last 24 hours. My observation over the years is that when the Ducktrap gage is at 100 cfs or more, the level on the St. George is medium or higher. With the rain from last night and this morning, we'll definitely see 100 cfs or more on the Ducktrap gage by tomorrow morning. The St. George should be running good!
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2018 8:35:04 GMT -5 by Ray Wirth
The George was great today! Felt like the high side of mid to me, but maybe that's because we've had some dry years recently. Fun waves all over the place. With still a lot of snow on the ground and rain Wednesday, the Passy should be in good shape as well.