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Watsontown to Milton

Paddle immediately to the right side of the river, then coast toward Fractured Island. The right side of the island may be open, though the exits are narrow passages with the possibility of fallen trees blocking the path. Left of Fractured Island is the safest route (and much less adventurous). After the island, continue to stay on the right-hand side for more scenery. At the Next Island, passage on the right is open with depths of at least 3 feet, but otherwise stay to the left of the island. This islands tip is about half a mile from the Interstate 80 bridge; the right-hand side of the bridge has some islands and nooks depending on the season. After the bridge, stay to the right until the Islands of the Milton State Park are visible; then, cut to the left side of the river. Don’t mess this up! Make sure to stay left or middle of the islands at the state park. Going right will bypass the docking point. Go left for good fishing or go middle for some exploring. Regardless, the dock is on the right-hand side directly under the quickly approaching bridge. Don’t pass the bridge in order to have a smooth exit.

Water Safety

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Image Credit: John Zangari-Ryan