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Montgomery to Watsontown

Launch toward the middle or right sides of the Montgomery bridge. Be careful of tangled trees and branches below certain piers. Paddle on the right side of the river while looking for carp and suckers. As the railroad bridge approaches, stay middle or right, then paddle on the right in order to have good positioning to see the upcoming islands and old dam.  As the islands get larger, begin to paddle to the left side of the river. The water will soon break left and right: go left! The dam will be directly ahead, so make sure to stay left and away from the tides and the pull of the cement wall. The dam’s divide will swing around the corner and create a tide pool that will spin the boat, so be sure to keep balance and paddle out of it! Simultaneously, stay to the right and turn hard with the island on the right-hand side. The water moves quickly here, but there is enough space to make a very hard one-hundred and twenty turn that accesses passage to a secluded spot between the islands. Either route will take you to the tip and exit of the island chain where there is an old blind for duck hunting. Past this blind, continue straight until the next small island, Dank Island. The right of Dank Island may be too low for passage, so be conscientious when approaching. As the route 44 bridge approaches, stay toward the right side piers, and continue along until White Deer Hole Creek tributes to the river. The tributary is a consistent hang out for herons and osprey. The cliff side from this point creates some deeper holes and distinct rock sides, so staying on the right is typically more scenic. As the Watsontown Bridge approaches, continue on the right hand side for little island nooks to explore, but then after the bridge begin to move to the left hand side. The docking point will be about half a mile after the bridge on the left hand side.

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