Had a good time yesterday at River Island Park with Jeff, Andy and Eric. Flow was somewhere between 800 and 850 cfs, around 2.5 feet – a nice relaxed level.
We put in behind the museum and didn’t bother carrying up to the dam. With the hydro plant now running, it’s a long carry for a couple of small waves. There were plenty of other small waves around that were easier to get to.
Nothing tough here – at yesterday’s level it was quickwater/easy class I. Here’s how the run goes:
Directly below the bandstand put in is short section of quickwater with a couple of pour-overs at the top. It’s a good place to get warmed up.
Below the railroad bridge is mostly quickwater with a couple surf spots. The best one yesterday was created by a pipe running across the river. In higher water, the pour over created by this pipe gets washed out. In lower water, a nice long wave develops. We spent a long time here shredding back and forth across this wave.
Take out is at the boat ramp at Rivers Edge Recreational Complex. Its about a mile from start to finish. If you point your nose downstream and go, you can run it in about 5 to 10 minutes. We spent a couple of hours.
Here's the run from Google Maps
In mid-summer, it also a great place to pole.
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