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  500 miles
  Posted by: Mattt on Jul-25-12 8:46 AM (EST)

I usually paddle at a leisurely 500mph, so that would be leisurely for me

"1. How far can you travel down river at a leisurely pace? We would like to see as much of the river as possible but do not want to kill ourselves either"

this is really a dumb question if you think about it.

everyone paddles at a different speed, with a different boat on different rivers with different current speed, and no one is going to know how fast your "leisurely pace" would be.

so figure it out yourself. if you don't have any idea of how fast you paddle, just assume 3mph flatwater spee; so assuming you actually paddle 3 hours, you would go 9 miles; add to that, any speed of the current which is likely to be at least 1 mph or could be 5 or 10 miles an hour. just drifting with a 5 mph current will cover 5 miles in an hour, 15 miles in 3 hours etc

better to back into how hard you need to paddle to get from putin to takeout - for example, if its 20 miles, and no current then figure 7 hours of steady paddling to cover that distance. if you don't consider that to be a leisurely pace, then you need to cut the distance to whatever you like. that all assumes zero time for fishing or lunch stops or P-stops - adjust your time/distance to take those into account

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