Hackensack River Canoe &
Worthington State Forest to Belvedere
by Jim McLoone
Thu, August 29, 2013
Weather Cloudy in am clearing by noon. High 84.
Level about 4.5 ft or 4,300 CFS compared with a normal 2,500 CFS
John organized this mid week trip and had a few folks show up at Worthington State Forest at 9:15. John, Jim, Ken and Stan were ready for the 17 mile paddle.
We got on the water around 11 and off around 5 with about an hour of rest stops. No one wanted to go swimming since the water was a bit chilly, probably about 72. Jimís GPS equipped phone showed a top speed of 8.1 mph on at least one fast chute. Our average speed was about 3.4 mph
The scenery was pretty pleasant with a mix of wooded parkland and river front summer homes for the most part. I was particularly fascinated by the abandoned RR bridge at Columbia that uses arches secured on top of arches. It is the only one of that design that I have ever seen.
We snacked at 12:30 and held off until about 2 for lunch.
At the end of the day we got together for Pizza at the Log Cabin on 46 just south of Columbia.