A bit too big for me, but its totally in, and ice free. I figure a week or 2 and I’ll be good to go.
The Indian river, just upstream, looks clear of ice also, but I only looked up and down stream from the bridge, so definatly not confirmed about the ice there.
And, for anyone in the area, there is a decent looking play wave at the bridge in Pakenham. Unfortuanatlly no eddy service, so you will have to walk up, but the walk looks fine. The only thing is there is a bit of a drop after the wave (plenty of time to roll up in) but I couldn’t get a good spot to scout what the hole under the drop looks like. Check it out before you play.
Yes-Blakeney and the Indian are good to go, many people have already been out already at these locations. As for Pakenham I’d have a really hard look at the nasty keeper hole below the ledge below the surf wave you mentioned. Many people have drowned in that hole and personally, I would never surf there.
On a better note, the rapid above the bridge in Pakenham is great for a after work spring warm-up run. It can be accessed on Jessie Street and contains some eddies and great ferries. And it’s near the best thing about Pakenham….Scoops ice cream!!
Yeah, I was thinking long and hard about the wave in Pakenham…I was leaning towards not surfing too, although i do beleive i saw a a tongue through the keeper after the ledge. As for Blakeney and the Indian, hadn’t seen any posts, so I thought I’d let people know.
I’d be willing to paddle in a week or two, if you, or anyone are interested.
Ps. Almonte looks huge too, but no play at the bottom yet