I just got into inland of flatwater kayaking here in RI and wanted to know about the safety of these dams. What I mean is the put in is just upstream, do I risk getting sucked in if I want to paddle upstream?
The internet raves about the Pawtuxent River in Hope to the reservoir, I guess this might not be too bad to go upstream but a 19ft dam has me scared so I want to hear it from someone that's been there and lived to tell the tale that it's not dangerous.
Same with Manville Dam. I'd love to do the Blackstone River upstream, is this possible? Has anyone put in at Manville, gone North a ways then turned back? Is the river flow so fast you'll get swept downstream no matter what?