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Boats Off the River for the Holiday Weekend

oxbowNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Orange cones and a sign saying “closed”  comes as disappointing news for many boaters expecting to launch from a public ramp in Easthampton on to the Connecticut River.

Many public ramps have been closed, because of high water levels and strong currents from heavy rainfall.

It’s similar story at Brunell’s Marina in South Hadley, where boats have been pulled out of the water because of debris.

“If they go out in the river in this condition, they have the currents to deal with and the current is going to want to do things to their boat that you may not necessarily want to do,” said Douglas J. Taylor Sr., who has been navigating this river his whole life.

There is one place left in western mass where boats can get in the water.

Boats here at the Oxbow Marina are still in the water.

The area is protected, but the boats are having a hard time getting out.

“We’re sort of trapped. We can’t get out through the Route Five or Railroad Bridge. The water’s just too high. It would take off the top of our boat. Not a good thing,”  said boater Harry Crosby.

The national weather service’s website is predicting water levels will be close to normal by Sunday.

In the meantime…boaters at the Oxbow are making the most of the weather.

“It’s still wonderful. It beats a day at home. I’d be doing yard work, sweating. And this is more relaxing, for sure, even if we are grounded,” Crosby said.

“I like the oxbow up here. It’s protected waters. Whether the water is up or down you can still come up here and enjoy your boat,” fellow boater Jay Costa said.

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