Joe Cashman shared:
Hi, I am a Shepaug local. It's best above 225cfs or 3.4 ft. I've paddled it up to 1,700 cfs and every level down to 200cfs. Really best between 300 and 400. There are a ton of surf waves below the confluence with the Bantam, most have convenient eddies, some are catch on the fly. The outhouse wave near the picnic area is very reliable and friendly.
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Joe Cashman shared:
Hi, I am a Shepaug local. The river is currently free of all obstructions and strainers.
It's best above 225cfs or 3.4 ft. I've paddled it up to 1,700 cfs and every level down to 200cfs. Really best between 300 and 400. There are a ton of surf waves below the confluence with the Bantam, most have convenient eddies, some are catch on the fly. The outhouse wave near the picnic area is very reliable and friendly. We don't clean the Bantam so I can't vouch for it. Lots of strainers the last time I paddled it.
18 May 2014 - Though the upper Shepaug (Valley Rd. to Bee Br.) has been downgraded to cl 2 since I last ran it (1978), several closely-spaced rapids below Rt 202 kept our cl 4 OC-1 paddlers busy at 3.2 ft/~190 cfs (lowish). Thanks to local paddlers the wood had all been removed. After two more open cl 2s just below the Bantam confluence it is all cl 1. The Bantam River (Stoddard Rd. to Bee Br.) is a pretty cl 1 and 3.1 ft is ample, but we had to line five trees, all upstream of the small runnable dam just above the first Smokey Hollow Road bridge. What a great way to spend a gorgeous day! R. Markl
Holy sihzint, this is so cool thank you.
On the listing, you state the take out is at Rte 67. Actually for the run you describe, the take out is RTE 47. There is a run that goes all the way to Rte 67, but it is probably mostly CL 1 with an occ. 2
ran it at 118cfs today. definitely runnable at this level, just not too crazy. class II
what I see with the new gage is 200 cfs makes a nice run from Valley rd. off 341. Not sure how that correlates, I think around 3.5'. Ran it last week at 200 and it was solid wavetrains, yesterday at 150 cfs (ish) it was a lot slower, similar to the Salmon in colchester. I think i've run it up to 600cfs (around 4' old gage.)
The gauge has been down for over six months. It started when they were doing work on the dam, I dont know if it has been completed but the reading obviously is still off. I have never actualy put in at that point. I start on the Bantam at Rumsey Hall School adout 1/2 mile above confluence w/Shepaugh, and take out at the Horse Riding Ring in the southern section of Steep Rock Reservation in Washington. I love this section, just pure fun and great beauty.
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