The Setting: the Bark River never disappoints-always canoeable regardless of the water level or wind, always offering plenty of wildlife sightings. This trip was on a cloudy Saturday afternoon with light sprinkles, temp in the low 70’s.
Water Level: 105 cfs (“normal”) at Rome gauge #05426250. Median for June 13 is around 75 cfs.
Put-in/Take-out: Burnt Village Park on County Rd N where there is a usable, if somewhat crumbling concrete boat ramp, no facilities. In at 3:25, out at 5:30.
The Paddle: Upstream for 3-3.5 mi. On the way back we paddled up Whitewater Creek, which enters about a mile from the put-in, for about 1/4 mi before it was too obstructed to continue.
Wildlife: many great blue heron, an eagle (we almost always see an eagle on this section), oriole, swallows, muskrats, turtle, jumping fish, eastern flycatcher. Heard but not seen: owl, cranes, rooster, peacock, crows and crow babies, frogs and many unidentified birds.