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Mt Creek - Gagetown Island, Gagetown

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Main Southwest Miramichi River

Water Levels

River Reports

1.05 to 1.25 metres

Jeff J. said, "Put in at Deersdale June 13 and took out at Hayesville on the 15th. It was passable but there was a lot of rock dodging, especially early on."

1.25 metres

Carm says, "Very scratchy going with loaded canoe; lots of rocks everywhere."

1.5 metres

NRGotN says, "1.5 is great, the rapids are long and the rocks are covered but not drowned out. We were able to scrape over whenever we did hit a rock in the fast water."

1.5 to 1.88 metres

Richard says, "Day one, from Half Moon to above Slate Island, levels read 1.55 and slightly higher. Water was great. The drop at Big Louis had levelled out a little, though waves remained large and fun. Rocks elsewhere were generally covered by enough water to float you over them. Day two, to Trout Brook, levels peaked at 1.88 following a thunderstorm overnight. Conditions were not hugely different from Day one. Waves were higher and it was important to attack them straight on is avoiding them wasn't the plan. Burnt Hill Rapids were fun, with strong currents and exciting but doable waves. Day three was a short run to Norrad's Bridge with levels around 1.7. Conditions were perfect, but that stretch is affected more by wind than levels (unless very low).""

1.8 metres

esspeegee says, "The water was perfect.."

1.8 metres

Tom says, "I would say 1.5 is probably the lower limit."

2.2 metres

NRGotN says, "We had to skirt the wave trains and dodge the ledges and holes in our loaded boat, the rapids were massive. Took a sneak route on the right thru Burnt Hill, still almost swamped, but made it to shore. Exciting, but I would prefer 1.5 or so."

3.1 metres

big water all the way from mckeil to rocky brook. huge standing waves.


Real-Time Levels

For real-time water levels go to the Blackville Guage (01BO001) on the Government of Canada website.

Blackville Guage 2023


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