It finally feels like spring! Though we are all eager to be out on the water, the winter snows and cool spring mean we are several weeks behind normal conditions on the St. Croix.
If you are heading out this Victoria Day or Memorial Day weekend, please check road closures before you leave. Currently, you can access the river and lakes from Canada at Spednic Lake Park, Loon Bay, and Fosterville. Access on the American side is possible at Vanceboro, as well as at Little Falls. At this time, however, that all access roads are soft and muddy.
At the time of this release, all access roads to Scott Brook and Gravel Island, NB are closed. There are several large washouts and the road is, at this time, too soft for equipment to access the sites for repair. The Department of Transportation is monitoring conditions and will begin work as soon as conditions allow.
What does this mean for paddlers eager to get out on the water? We recommend:
A trip plan, a change of dry clothing, and a PFD could mean the difference between life and death at this time of year. Tragic boating accidents such as the recent one on Slocan Lake, BC, remind us that we must be prepared at all times, no matter our age or experience.
The SCIWC would also like to remind waterway users that the St. Croix is an international border. One country travel and camping rules are in place.