Mr Squiggly the river tapers off for a while before picking up again
with a fun mini-gorge.
lower flows the run is all about the boofs, and they are in good form
all over the run.
left line at "ski jump".
At higher flows a center line opens up at Ski Jump, Will Pruitt takes
it at 1,500cfs.
450 some of the key rapids mellow out, most notably "Eat the Meat" and
"Corner Pocket". With flows above 1,000 the boofs get a little shorter
and these rapids get spicy.
the aptly named Eat
the Meat at 1,200cfs.
Patt eats the meat at 1,200cfs.
Cavin rides a big tail stand out of Eat the Meat at 1,200.
if we run the harder Purdons section upstream, there is no relaxing
until past Corner Pocket, which contains an undercut with a lot of
water going into it. From my experience at 450 it's pretty mellow, 900
is tough because the boof isn't in but there is still plenty of water,
and at 1,200 there is a nice boof in play. Above 1,500 the hole gets
much larger, but all the water flushes downstream so the undercut isn't
Justin Patt gets the boof at 1,200cfs.
downstream at the bottom of Corner Pocket at 1,200. The large hole
feeds under the wall on the left, not a place to swim.
Cavin in the entrance at 600cfs.
Cavin going left at 600cfs.
the World, aka Typewriter, is just a hundred yards downstream of Corner
and is one of the most fun
Basuell on the second move of Around the World.
Of course you want to give the person in front of you plenty of room
just in case they don't get around the world.
around the world is the
best section of the river, rapids come one after another in quick
Justin Patt in the Hairy Ferry, which no longer is a tough ferry unless
flows are low.
At 450 "Hairy Ferry" is indeed that, a class IV ferry just above a
sieve. Above 700 you can just paddle over the covered sieve, taking
away the hazard. You certainly don't want to be out of control, or out
of your boat above this one.
There are some hazards in the run, giving it a class V rating, but most
are easily avoidable. Thankfully most of the spots that could produce
swims don't have hazards below, excepting Corner Pocket. Shuttle
logistics are easy, you can shuttle on either side of the river, but
river right is faster. Use Pleasant Valley Road to a right on
Birchville Road, and another right onto 49. Google
the put in
on Highway 49.
take out at Bridgeport has a covered bridge well worth checking out too.