if the creek is high enough (2.5+ ft kingston) we will paddle from Kingston Dam to Craig's Mill Bridge on Oasis Rd (TR654 Derry Twp), just short of New Alexandria. this is about 11 miles. we will drop off the boats at Kingston, drive vehicles to the take-out on Oasis Rd, and shuttle back to put-in.
the New Alexandria to Bush Recreation Area option is out. the lake has risen 18 feet with Wednesday's rain runoff (from 922 ft to 940 ft). Bush Recreation Area is closed, probably for at least a week. the campground at Bush Rec was evacuated. all campers, including the camp host, had to pull out on Thursday as the water rose. a rare event for this time of year.
we will be putting on at the base of Kingston Dam. a bit rugged, this is not a developed access. the take-out is not a developed access, but not too bad. we will be parking UP CURRENT of the dam and UP CURRENT (east) of the Rt 30 - Rt 217 intersection. to reach this parking area you have to drive east on rt 30 (assuming folks are coming from the west) pass rt 217, pass Kingston Dam, keeping both to your left, to Sleepy Hollow Causeway (turn left just in front of the Hollow Tavern sign), about 1 mile east. cross the creek at the causeway, and head back west on rt 30 one mile. you'll pull off the left side of rt 30 BEFORE you reach the rt 217 intersection and traffic light, just after a Subway billboard. you'll see the area to pull off into, beside the pool of Kingston Dam. Kingston Supply company is on the right hand side of the highway here, with an american flag outside the office.
if by chance water is going over the causeway, or you miss the turn for the causeway, you continue east on rt 30 to Longbridge, about another 2 mile. cross the highway divide just after Longbridge (left U-turn) and head back east on Rt 30, 3 miles to the parking on left.
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