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    It occurs to me after sending the Sunday Paddle call last night that there may be some of you who've never been on the Goose - since access there has been blocked by various authorities since the 9/11 attacks.- that's 18 years ago now.  The theory behind the 2001 access-closing was that Osama Bin Laden and his merry men were lusting to poison the water supply of Fairfax City - which took it from the main Goose dam and reservoir.  Now access is coming back, thanks to Loudoun County Parks and inquiries and trips coordinated by various CCA volunteers.

    The Goose, about 30 minutes down Route 7 from the Beltway, was a favorite stream for beginners moving up and for training, as it has one of the largest watersheds of our nearby creeks (340 sq. mi.) meaning plenty of water on many days - and it has about five Class II rapids and and the signature Class II+ Golfcourse Rapid that are excellent for rising intermediate paddlers.  But in the past year that we've been taking trips out there, only 14 individual paddlers have come - and of those 7 have been CCA trip-leading recidivists.   More paddlers should take the plunge.  

    The watercourse we now use starts at an impromptu put-in on river left - off Sycolin Rd just after it crosses the Goose - at this point a backed up portion of the reservoir.  First we paddle a bit over a half mile to arrive at the dam - a 17-foot high structure that used to be the put-in place.  There we descend a steep trail around the right side - where we're encouraging the Park to put in steps - a long-term project.  Steve Ettinger, Ed Grove, and Roger Corbett's books describe the last section.  In all it's a bit over three miles, and takes as many hours.

      While there are the remains of the old take-out immediately upstream of Route 7, the way to get there is snaky & weird.   Below that are another three Class IIs, in descending to the new (ca 7 year old) take-out at Kephart Landing - as fine a special T.O as one might hope for.  Paved parking lot, gentle access to the river, and, in season, a jiffy-john.  The only draw-back is trying to find it in the residential subdivision without a GPS.  With that, plug in 43942 Riverside Drive in Sterling - and avoid the spurious street called "Canoe Landing Court."  This is where to start your trip.   rev. 28 Aug 2019

SUNDAYPADDLE - GOOSE CREEK

Gary Quam will coordinate the Sunday trip, meet at9:00at the Kephart Landing take-out (N39 05.92, W77 29.74)43942 Riverpoint Drive, Sterling, Va

WX is a cloudy morning with 60% chance of showers in the afternoon.Goose is predicted at 523 cfs - a moderate, yet brisk level.

If coming, please contactgquam@gmu.eduor cell at 703-625-6552.

 
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