We are doing a route this year that sometimes has beaver dams in the way and you need to portage them. If there is no route through on the side, how do you do this?
Last year, we saw one dam that had either been vandalised or was damaged by rains, no-one was quite sure. I'd be pretty sad if someone destroyed a beaver dam on purpose in that environment.
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Posted by: jackl on Jun-09-13 3:02 PM (EST)
When we were in Alaska on several different trips, we came to them in small narrow rivers just like you are describing, and we found that they are very tough, and we just dragged the boats, (in our case they were kayaks) over them and didn't damage them.
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Posted by: ezwater on Jun-09-13 10:34 PM (EST)
you'll see our canoe part-slid over a beaver dam that had been erected on the stream in less than ten days, between when we paddled in and when we paddled out. On the way in, the only sign of a dam was some mounding of sand left from previous beaver efforts.
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Posted by: mgc on Jun-10-13 9:57 AM (EST)
Beaver dams are extremely tough. You can very carefully haul over them. Be careful though, it is really easy to step through a dam and get hurt. And go slowly so that you don't dump.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-10-13 3:59 PM (EST)
upriver end. Solo I usually "parallel" park and just drag the boat over carefully so all the pack weights don't crack the hull.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-13-13 12:50 AM (EST)
The bow paddler throws a grenade and you paddle thru the gap it creates. By the next day the beavers have it repaired.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-13-13 2:22 PM (EST)
Posted by: mgc on Jun-13-13 9:41 PM (EST)
is indeed a hoot and it works well going downstream, not so well upstream :)
agreed, just don't step through the roof|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jun-24-13 10:27 AM (EST)
If you total-up the accumulated time since their existence..they're the busiest engineers of the planet....
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-25-13 8:26 AM (EST)
I'd vote for termites or ants
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Posted by: bigspencer on Jun-25-13 6:27 PM (EST)
ants and termites......
If its a very old beaver dam|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-25-13 10:43 AM (EST)
you portage like any other. In La Verendrye there are some well established barrages du castor. There is no blasting through them. You can camp on top of them..literally.
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Posted by: puffingin on Jul-07-13 4:25 PM (EST)
Remember to keep your mouth shut and don't drink the water. Don't want to get giardia which is sometimes called beaver fever.