boat would be better cause you'll probably hit a lot of rocks. I went through a couple of years ago in August with the gauges registering 400 cfs and spent a fair amount of time dragging through shallow water. I had hoped to bring a composite Prospector as it was a favorite of mine. My outfitter (shuttle provider) said "whatever you do don't come up here with one of those delicate boats". The first time he said that I thought "ah, what does he know about modern composite boats". The next time I talked to him, he repeated the warning and it sunk in.
I went in an old royalex Prowler built by Blue Hole. The boat was just under 16' and about 34" wide as I recall. I soloed it backward from the front seat trimming with the load. It turned out to be ideal. Just a bit smaller and easier to manage than the Prospector and, it was beat up before I even started. The Prospector would have survived, but I would have cried over the beating it would have suffered.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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