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At the end of last season I attempted to paddle upstream on the Merrimack River to the mouths of the Spicket and Shawsheen Rivers. They are on opposite sides of the river about 2 miles upstream from where I put in at Schruender Park in Methuen. On my last attempt the water level was too low so I was only able to look from a distance at these rivers. Over the last couple weeks we have gotten quite a bit of rain which seems to have replenished the river levels quite a bit. So I decided this past Sunday to make another attempt to paddle upstream on the Shawsheen and Spicket rivers.
I strapped my kayak to my cart nice and early and hiked down the street to my put in at Schruender Park in Methuen. As expected the water levels were higher that they were a few weeks ago and after just a few minutes of paddling against the current I could feel it in my arms. But I pushed through it and continued about 2 miles upstream to the mouth of the Spicket River. I was glad to see that there was indeed enough water flowing so I would be able to paddle upstream for at least a short distance. I was pretty disturbed by the amount of trash deposited along the banks, tires, auto parts, appliances, pretty sad actually.
|Mouth of the Spicket River|
|Lawrence Canal discharge|
|Upstream toward Canal Street Bridge|
|Under the Canal Street Bridge looking downstream|
|Tunnels at the mouth of the Shawsheen River|
|Daylight!!!! Other side of the tunnel|
|End of the line on the Shawsheen River|
Total mileage of this trip was about 5 miles and I was on the water for just under 2 hours. I was really hoping to be able to paddle further upstream on the Spicket and Shawsheen Rivers but I am beginning to think it may only be possible in the early Spring. Overall a nice little trip the highlight being my second trip of the year seeing a bald eagle.