Put in and Take out show the furthest runnable extent of the river.
There are a few ponds with flatwater between so choose your section carefully. Mostly this run is a mellow winding river, but there are also some large dams and drops. These are completely avoidable by choosing an appopriate put in and takeout.
There is a dam drop/ waterfall behind the West Charlston Post Office. This is the start of a short section with a few significant drops. (Durgin Rd to Fontaine Road.)
There is also a significant gorge below the Crawford Road bridge at the outflow of Clyde Pond. (Takeout at Clyde St).
The river ends in Newport.
Paddled from Lake Salem to Clyde Pond. River level was 650cfs. No significant damage from Hurricane Irene. Be mindful, as always, of strainers/sweepers.
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
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