Clear and Branch Rivers Harrisville to Glendale

Harrisville, Rhode Island

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Although Rhode Island is not known as a whitewater haven, it would be erroneous to assume that there is no river running to be had in this state. What the Clear-Branch Rivers lack in whitewater thrills, they make up in idyllic beauty and serenity. Flowing along low banks and thickly settled with trees, these small rivers meander endlessly, as if they were trying to tie themselves into knots. The current is usually present, though it is weak in spots. Rapids are easy riffles and several abrupt drops over small, debris-laden dams. There is also one section of several hundred yards in Glendale where the pace increases and the boater faces some rocky class II rapids. Since the rivers are so narrow, trees can completely block the path, a hazard throughout the trip. These rivers are definitely for beginners or for those seeking an amiable commune with nature.

Clear & Branch Rivers: Harrisville to Glendale Professional Review and Guide

"Although Rhode Island is not known as a whitewater haven, it would be erroneous to assume that there is no river running to be had in this state. What the Clear-Branch Rivers lack in whitewater thrills, they make up in idyllic beauty and serenity. Flowing along low banks and thickly settled with trees, these small rivers meander endlessly, as if they were trying to tie themselves into knots.

The current is usually present, though it is weak in spots. Rapids are easy riffles and several abrupt drops over small, debris-laden dams. There is also one section of several hundred yards in Glendale where the pace increases and the boater faces some rocky class II rapids. Since the rivers are so narrow, trees can completely block the path, a hazard throughout the trip. These rivers are definitely for beginners or for those seeking an amiable commune with nature."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Harrisville
Distance: 4.8
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Driving Directions: Directions to Clear & Branch Rivers: Harrisville to Glendale

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May 2018