Lastly, and I'd NOT recommend doing this alone, you can paddle the river / canal loop down the river, portage across and then back up the canal. I've not paddled the river this year and, with all the storms, there may likely be be some blockages, strainers, alternate channels, etc. Also the portage from the river to canal is easy to miss and if you get swept down past Rt 16 and
the broken dam, it would be very difficult if not impossible to get back upstream to the portage. If you want to paddle before the meeting, I'd suggest the Rice City pond or canal option.