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May I suggest this: When Lusk Creek is running, you guys (Jay, Jarvis, Rick) drop us creek bums a line and lead a trip down there.
I second that suggestion!! NM
Posted by: silverwave on Jan-15-08 9:33 AM (EST)
Your plan is a fine one, but it has holes in it:-(
I drove over Lusk last week during a heavy rain it was SWEET! The problem is, you need to be standing at the put-in as the last hard raindrops are falling. Lusk is almost impossible to catch.
There is another unknown creek down here in Union County about 5 miles from my house called Hutchins Creek. It runs through the Pine Hills area of the Shawnee National Forest. It has about 60 feet of drop in the first couple of miles and then about 15 feet per mile the next 4 miles. Jarvis and I have been trying to catch it for two years and have yet to do so, since we are all caught up in being silly responsible adults, we keep missing it because of WORK :-(
The other problem is that when these are running the odds are good the Saint is up and I am sure these local runs are interesting, but if I were you and I was going to travel from central IL to So. IL, I would hang a right and add an hour (if that) and show up at MILLSTREAM. That is probably where you will find Jarvis and I.
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Posted by: silverwave on Jan-15-08 1:38 PM (EST)
Our local Creeks (Stoney and Sandy) are simliar - and certainly fun when you catch them!
Let me know...............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-15-08 11:50 PM (EST)
Thanks for the Reply Jay ...|
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-15-08 2:14 PM (EST)
but, "one of the prettiest canoeing streams in Illinois" (Paddling Illinois) is still very doable in the winter/spring. Just gotta be flexible. Should be a few good 2-3 day windows when we are getting some extended rain events.
Posted by: silverwave on Jan-16-08 1:20 PM (EST)
I'll check it out.
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-16-08 2:37 PM (EST)
I took the open boat clinic. Four excellent instructors with eight students. I gained a lot from it. Might go again since it is geared for beginner/intermediate paddlers. Always something to learn and build on. The Saint is a great learning river with a lot of features and changing w/ different levels.
Silverwave's a dancin' Illinini?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jan-16-08 4:59 PM (EST)
I got my car stuck in a ford on Hutchins|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jan-15-08 11:43 PM (EST)
Creek a few years ago when we were exiting Pine Hills on the east side. No cell phone coverage in that area either. Had to walk over a mile to a farm house and beg to use their phone to call AAA to get a tow out of there.
Same spot last week.|
Posted by: jboyd on Jan-16-08 12:17 AM (EST)
Early last week I went through the same spot in my Frontier. I hit it pretty hard and actually floated for a second and then had just enough momentum to make it.
Jay -- What are the chances|
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-16-08 2:51 PM (EST)
of encountering a rattlesnake there compared with a cottonmouth on the Saint?
Posted by: jboyd on Jan-16-08 4:22 PM (EST)
Is one a better option then the other?
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-16-08 4:29 PM (EST)
carry a can of that snake pepper spray with you? I hear them cottonmouths are attracted to red boats.
Yeah, right, Jay.|
Posted by: Kate on Jan-16-08 4:48 PM (EST)
Everyone knows you're scared of every snake on the planet. I am sure you'd take a chance on a rattlesnake.
Posted by: jboyd on Jan-16-08 5:17 PM (EST)
Well, look who Lurked out from under her rock:-)