Wanted to let you guys know about an upcoming float on the Current River. We plan to launch at Cedar Grove on Saturday, February 16 and take out at Jerktail on Monday, February 18. The dates are in ink but the route could change (unlikely) as necessary.
Group size may be two or twenty depending largely on the weather and could be outfitted in any combination of canoes, kayaks and rafts (not expecting too many tubers). There will likely be members (in addition to myself) of the Arkansas Canoe Club in attendance, but the trip is in no way sponsored or endorsed by them or any other entity except Fat Arkie Raft Travelers (they'll endorse anything).
Some participants (the sensible ones) will be joining us during the day and "camping" in cabins rather than on gravel bars.
I'll post details as they emerge, but it's unlikely the trip will be much more "organized" than it already is. Just keeping it real. Feel free to ax your questions here or email me. If it's anything like last year it promises to be a large time.
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Thanks for posting this|
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-26-13 4:38 PM (EST)
I might join you guys for this one. It will depend a bit on the weather forecast.
I've never taken out at Jerktail.|
Posted by: deuce on Jan-26-13 10:52 PM (EST)
Is it a pain? I'm amenable to going on down to Two Rivers. I just have to be sure we Arkies don't get home too late Monday night since we're working stiffs.
I haven't use it either|
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-27-13 11:31 AM (EST)
But that is because the folks I paddle the Current with avoid it like the plaque. If you want to use it I would first check with wildernessweb (Terry) or thebob.com (Bob) who post here a lot and have probably some familiarity with it.
Pete is on the money............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-27-13 1:16 PM (EST)
Thanks for the advice guys.|
Posted by: deuce on Jan-27-13 2:48 PM (EST)
What are the daily |
Posted by: Boyscout on Jan-28-13 2:50 PM (EST)
Any ideas about the daily starting points?would help make some decisions for me and maybe others.
The tentative plan is |
Posted by: deuce on Jan-28-13 3:38 PM (EST)
to launch at Cedargrove around 10:00 Saturday morning and camp the first night somewhere between Akers and Cave Spring. If we find we're moving faster than anticpated we might go farther on day one, conversely for slower than anticipated. Day two will likely end somewhere between Round Spring and Big Creek. Day three of course will end at Two Rivers.
Sample trip plan...............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-28-13 6:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-28-13 6:42 PM (EST)
Mostly agree with Wildernesswebb|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-28-13 7:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Jan-28-13 9:03 PM (EST)
Guilty as charged. This group will have plenty of river tripping experience, but we won't want to push too hard. I really want to do Cedargrove to Two Rivers, but I fear biting off more river than we can comfortably chew. An ambivalent lollygagger, that's what I am.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-28-13 11:16 PM (EST)
Reading between the lines of your comments Deuce.....
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-29-13 11:17 AM (EST)
Same thoughts as Bob|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Feb-07-13 10:52 AM (EST)
Do Cedar Grove to Round spring, take your time... Enjoy the water and the scenery. With the low water you should have plenty of gravel bars to camp on.
Posted by: gremmie on Jan-29-13 9:55 AM (EST)
Good questions Gremmie.|
Posted by: deuce on Jan-29-13 11:36 AM (EST)
Bear with me for a moment. I met my new friends Al and Ana Donaldson for the first time on the Current River last February. I had posted an upcoming trip (Pultite to Two Rivers) on the ACC message board and Al responded. He explained that they leave the frozen midwest every year to spend part of the winter on the Current and would like to join us for part of the trip. They and another gentleman whose name escapes me paddled with us the first day and part of the second and I was able to persuade them to join us for dinner one night. They were also kind enough to shuttle our truck to the takeout.
One Of the Assumptions I Make...|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-29-13 11:04 AM (EST)
...is that I usually like to finish with a shorter paddle on "Driving home day." May not be a big deal to others? Also, some people that don't paddle in the Ozarks (you obviously DO) don't realize that the "Official" sunset may be an hour or more after the sun has gone below the ridge line, especially at this time of the year. Throw in tent set up, wood gathering, and cooking, and daylight slips away pretty quick this time of the year. Doggone it, if I didn't work weekends I would ask to join in!
Cedargrove to Round Spring |
Posted by: deuce on Feb-04-13 4:45 PM (EST)
is the winner. Probably set shuttle between 9:30 and 10:00 Saturday morning (2/16). More details as they emerge.
Maybe I can try to jump in...|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-04-13 7:00 PM (EST)
...for the last day
Posted by: Boyscout on Feb-05-13 2:44 PM (EST)
Probably something like that.|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-05-13 4:25 PM (EST)
Doubt we'll actually camp at the accesses, but I imagine we'll stop close enough to one side or the other to accomodate those who don't want to camp.
Posted by: pat2 on Feb-05-13 3:00 PM (EST)
I am thinking seriously about going. I will wait and see the weather forecast before I commit. Chilly temps are not a factor, but I wouldn't care to paddle in the 30's with a heavy chance of rain.
It just keeps getting better.|
Posted by: rhow on Feb-05-13 7:21 PM (EST)
Friends just popping up all over the place. I hope to be at CG at the appropriate start time. Barring Cold and Rain. I can handle either but not both.
This is great. |
Posted by: deuce on Feb-05-13 9:30 PM (EST)
I'm really looking forward to making some new friends. Let's hope the weather cooperates.
Where are you going to meet?|
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-06-13 8:39 AM (EST)
Do you know as yet where you plan to meet on Saturday to arrange a shuttle? Cedar Grove? Round Spring?
I understand your aversion |
Posted by: deuce on Feb-06-13 9:15 AM (EST)
to driving that far for what amounts to a 26 mile three day. I struggled with the route quite a bit but ultimately decided getting home earlier than planned was preferable to the alternative (although that's not always the case, at least for me), and I do place a premium on being able to lay down the paddle and pick up the rod and reel or just gawk at the scenery. So, I erred on the side of caution given the time of year. That said, I know Al is still pondering the extent of their involvement, so please don't hesitate to contact him directly if you're so inclined and plan around us so to speak. As for setting shuttle, we haven't nailed that down, but I suspect we'll probably just drop a vehicle at Round Spring then head to Cedargrove.
Posted by: Boyscout on Feb-07-13 9:57 AM (EST)
Terry and me may try to do owls be d to two rivers fri.if you prefer a bit more river time Pete.up in the air but that's what we are thinking. Should nail it down on Wednesday.
Posted by: gremmie on Feb-07-13 1:04 PM (EST)
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-07-13 1:18 PM (EST)
Posted by: rhow on Feb-11-13 7:46 PM (EST)
Not going to make it.
I won't be coming.....|
Posted by: pat2 on Feb-07-13 1:22 PM (EST)
It is a 500 mile drive for me to the Current. After crunching the numbers, I can't afford to do this trip and also make the Spring Rendezvous. I wish I could do both, but it is not going to happen. Hopefully, I will see some of you in May.
I Wish It Weren't So Far, For You|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-07-13 1:25 PM (EST)
You COULD move closer to us/the river, though!!!!!!
Trip Plan (such as it is)|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-07-13 1:58 PM (EST)
I just posted it on the ACC message board. Anyone know if it's okay to link to it here? Some fora mind and some don't.
Posted by: gremmie on Feb-09-13 6:18 AM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Feb-09-13 9:41 AM (EST)
You guys are good to me.
Posted by: deuce on Feb-13-13 2:06 PM (EST)
Well, it's not much of an update since not a lot has changed other than the weather forecast, which has gone from good to not so good to bad to pretty good to not so bad. At present I would characterize it as not so bad, which I guess given the circumstances could be considered good. Anywho, we're still going, those of us who are. If you get an itch to join us (and I hope you do) you should find us at Cedargrove around 10:00 Saturday morning, otherwise I hope to meet you all this spring at the rendezvous if not sooner. Should anyone need it my number is five0195one863five.
Typical Ozarks Wintertime Forecasts.....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-13-13 5:05 PM (EST)
....change pretty much on a daily basis. I'll be paddling a day trip Friday, but have to work, Sat, Sun, Mon. Hope you'all have a great trip!
Posted by: deuce on Feb-19-13 2:20 PM (EST)
Sorry y'all missed it. There's a detailed report of all the haps and mishaps over on the ACC board for anyone without a better way to waste two minutes of their lives. Hope to meet many of you at the spring get together, but whitewater school is that weekend so it'll take some doing.
Posted by: gremmie on Feb-21-13 6:34 AM (EST)
Couldn't you have just driven up to the hill top, pointed your smart phone toward the sky genie and beamed down an App for "left oars at home"?
here's the link to trip report...|
Posted by: TexasLady on Feb-21-13 7:41 AM (EST)
You'all Sure Didn't Have the Best.....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-21-13 10:59 AM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Feb-21-13 11:38 AM (EST)
days one and two more than made up for day three as far as I'm concerned. Saturday was a little cool, but we were dressed for it and had the sun. Sunday was spectacular. I think they lost the "oar" just below Akers. It's just a Mohawk paddle taped to a piece of EMT conduit. I suspect its weight will keep it on the bottom until the next blow out, but if you do see it please feel free to keep the paddle as a spare, loaner, etc. Speaking of river yard sales, I set a personal best for sunglasses. We filled two large mesh bags (all we brought) with a variety of trash including four pair of shades, one of which purported to be Oakley Gascans. I'm sure they were fake, but if not someone was exceptionally angry one day last summer.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-21-13 12:52 PM (EST)
....for losing sunglasses by laying them down everywhere on the river. All time strangest was when I took them off and set them on a rock where I was parked in an eddy taking pics of my friends. After everyone went past, I peeled out with sunglasses on the rock and didn't notice until a mile or two later (LOL)!
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-21-13 9:25 PM (EST)
The Notorious 2dubs!|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-22-13 9:23 AM (EST)
I like it!
Oh, Bob, You Crack Me UP (LOL)!|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-22-13 6:30 PM (EST)
And that was not complete physical exams, I was offering to teach self breast exams when I was a Boyscout: