So we did our trip this weekend. We started at Iron Gate and paddled down to Glasgow for a total of 58 miles.
Overall I have to say the river was not thrilling and the camping was disappointing at best.
We had intended to camp 2 nights, but only ended up camping one night and paddling for a day and a half.
The availability of suitable camping locations was very limited along the entire length of the river. Even on the portion of the river below Acadia where there were supposed to be numerous established sites in the national forest area….there really weren’t.
There were only a few suitable camping spots along the entire 58 miles, and they were lacking at best. Many were filled with trash, such as old lawn chairs, folding tables and other debris that may have been pulled from the river. And all spots were right on the railroad tracks (and mind you trains ran all night long so don’t expect a good night’s sleep).
The river was also pretty scrapey in sections, despite being a bit higher than typical level.
I would be curious to see the section below Glasgow and above Snowden where there are more sizeable rapids. Maybe that section of river may offer more excitement and hopefully better camping spots.
Overall I think that this section of river is not the great tripping river as I would have thought and believe that it is built up by local outfitters and I should have figured that out.
It probably would be a great beer cooler trip if you’re looking to fish, and party, but it is not much of a wilderness trip unfortunately.
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