Re: Goshen waterfront conditions
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Fri, 21 Jul 1995 10:10:07 EST
This is for NCAC scouters interested in Goshen waterfront conditions.
I was at Goshen the week of July 2 - 9, and think the phrase "playing
in puddles" is a bit strong. Of course, there are puddles to play in
and some boys may well be doing this, but not because there is no
other acquatic alternative.
Please remember that Lake Meriweather is an artificial lake, created
by damming up the Little Calf Pasture river. Although the dam is
damaged (jammed open) the river continues to flow through the old lake
Thus, the boys are not "playing in puddles;" rather, acquatics are
being conducted in the Little Calf Pasture river, which is a flowing
freshwater stream about 30-40 feet wide and chest deep. This is not
stagnant water. The fishing is good, and the swimming is great.
There is not enough water for boating (except at Camps Bowman and
Olmstead, the camps at the south end of the lakebed nearest the dam,
where there still is something approximating a lake), but there is
enough for fishing and swimming at all camps.
The Little Calf Pasture river flows down the east side of the lake
bed. Thus, scouts at Camps PMI and Marriott, on the east side of the
lakebed, have only a short walk to the "waterfront." The kids at Camp
Ross, on the west side of the lakebed, of course have to walk across
the lakebed to get to the river. At the time I was there, the lakebed
was mostly dry and the walking was not difficult; the lakebed has no
doubt dried out even more since then, unless the dam has been fixed,
in which case the lake will be slowly filling.
Anyone with more recent information is invited to post--I've got cubs
going down to Camp PMI the week of July 30-August 5 and would
appreciate an update. Anyway, the above is what I am telling nervous
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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