Dear Bark River, we are worried about you…

Burnt Village Park – Upstream and Back – July 1, 2017

We decided to paddle the Bark after several days of rain and to not wait until any later in the season because of a disappointing experience last summer when we found the river, which we always said “never disappoints,” too slimed over to even attempt. It was a nice day Continue reading Dear Bark River, we are worried about you…

Burnt Village – Upstream and Back

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.

Flow:

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 which has a decent concrete ramp and good parking (and, as of summer 2017, a porta-john!) 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.  We were able to get under the footbridge and there were no immediate obstructions. We paddled about a quarter mile up the creek 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.

Bark River at Prince’s Point

We paddled while our houseguests J&K attended a wedding.
Flow at gage 05426250 Bark River near Rome: 43 csf. (Median for this date: 50 csf)
Princes point to “Palmyra” after island turn around. Saw heron, muskrat, ducks, kingfisher, yellow finch, cranes and mystery bird plus lots of plover, red-winged blackbirds, mourning doves. Water was nice level. Scary fast boats are not common, but we did encounter one that day.