Road closures update: May 12, 2014

posted May 12, 2014, 6:54 AM by Heather Almeda

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:

  • you check weather and water flow conditions before you leave http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01018500 
  • alter your route and avoid road closures
  •  be prepared for cold weather and worse possible scenarios - overturned or lost boats, injuries, and delays
  • practice Leave No Trace principles (The SCIWC is a registered supporter of the Leave No Trace movement)
  • limit alcohol consumption while on the water - the St. Croix is subject to the State of Maine's laws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol while operating a canoe
  • follow marine boating requirements in Maine and NB -ensure you have the appropriate safety equipment you need. These sites also have information on boating laws in both countries.

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



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