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Rick Brockway

September 6, 2013

West Canada Creek should be on your list

This past Labor Day weekend, we returned to the West Canada Creek Campground outside of Poland. It’s a great place to go and just a little more than an hour from home.

For years, we’ve parked our camper there and used it as a hub for my many interests. Being in close proximity to the Adirondacks, I’ve hiked and biked as well as fished and then returned to enjoy quiet evenings around the campfire.

This year, we took our kayaks and spent some time on the creek. The West Canada Creek is a wonderful stream. The four or five miles of water above the campground is usually a tranquil river. There’s no white water, just long stretches of quiet pools with a few small riffs and shallow spots.

So some of you might ask, “What’s the great attraction?” Well, it’s a great place to just drift along, relax and observe wildlife.

I might note that there are sections of this river that are classified as white water, but that area is farther downstream — below Middleville when the river level is high or when they release water from Hinckley Dam.

We put our kayaks in at a pull-off along Route 28 just below the junction of Cincinnati Creek. Within a few moments, we were on our way.

As the river wandered around the first bend, we had a mother Merganser duck and nine ducklings come out of the grass and weeds along the shore. They paddled as fast as they could upstream a few yards before disappearing into the reeds again.

A short ways farther along, a nice trout broke the surface of the water, feeding on flies that were hatching.

Speaking of trout, this creek is a magnificent fishery. The no-kill section below Trenton Falls holds some terrific fish and is easily accessible.

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