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…
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.
105 cfs (“normal”) at Rome gauge #05426250. Median for June 13 is around 75 cfs.
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.
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.
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.
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.