Ran it yesterday, pretty good flow but there were still a handful of strainers. A few downed logs had clearly been cut by paddlers, but overhanging branches and downed debris from the last wind storm still block parts of the brook. I would advise walking up the trail on river right a ways to scout.
Here is a correlation of Roaring Brook levels vs Salmon levels I plagiarised from Jim Michaud:
600 cfs = 1.0 ft. Bone Run
800 cfs = 1.5 ft.
1000 cfs = 2.0 ft. Good Level.
1500 cfs = 2.5 ft.
2300 cfs = 3.0 ft.
It's not always accurate, but it does give you an idea. I've run it as low as 1', but I wouldn't recommend anything below 1.5' (a good first timer level).
American Whitewater received a report on May 28, 2003 about a landowner on the Roaring Brook who owns a large portion of the land on river left. This landowner has alledgedly hired someone to patrol the streambanks with a sidearm, and has also posted signs reading "trespassers will be shot". American Whitewater is researching this report and will share more information as it becomes available. If you have any information to contribute to this report, please call our office at 866-BOAT-4-AW.
-Jason Robertson, Access Director
6 months ago
by Charles Barbera
Hand painted gage on Matson Hill Rd. The Salmon U.S.G.S. gage correlates to this gage. 600 cfs on the Salmon = 1 ft on Roaring Bk. 700 cfs is the min. runnable level.
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