This two mile stretch of the Royal is very popular from a developed hand carry launch at Wescustogo Park or the developed hand carry launch at Route 9. The river is typically maintained by paddlers to stay clear of fallen trees, though caution is always necessary.
Depending upon water levels and paddling skills and risk of fallen trees, this stretch of the Royal can be paddled in either direction, eliminating the need for a car shuttle. Currents are minor during dry spells.
The Route 9 launch is the best place to paddle up the Chandler Brook. Steep slopes and fallen trees limit other trips on the Chandler. From Route 9, there is no current whatsoever on the Chandler with the exception of minor rips under the North Road Bridge. The minor rips can be paddled upriver in low current, or poled or lined upriver under the bridge. Approximately one mile up the Chandler from Route 9 paddlers should expect impassible downed trees.