SACANDAGA RIVER whitewater paddling
gauge at Hope reads over 3' - 3.4' today. Very nice scenery, just wish the road was farther away. Met another small group in rec kayaks - one had capsized, lost the boat, paddler ok - floatation bags & spray skirt would have helped, not to mention helmets & other safety items. Lunch break at state campground then paddled over a small dam (hit bottom of canoe but just keep paddling) then long stretch of class 2 rapids with waves & rocks to dodge. Things get easier as one gets closer to Hope; there is a play spot on river R where a ledge comes 20' out into the river & another play spot to the L of an island where the L channel drops over a ledge with standing waves below (after surfing the waves we got the gunwale in the water but avoided a capsize). 8.6 miles, 4 hours. Afterwards, swam from village beach on Lake Algonquin & picked blueberries by the E Br Sacandaga River. Dagger Legend 16, a 16' tandem river-running canoe (this model is now being made by Mad River) - with center & end floatation bags, thigh braces for better control.