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.
I agree that wilderness travelers should not destroy beaver dams without reason. On the other hand, beaver can repair damage from canoes being sensibly slipped over. It isn't any more of an issue for them than damage from a flash flood or from a clumsy moose.
I figure we have a right to be in the wilderness, in reasonably small numbers, and with reasonable behavior. Beaver and other species adapt to the presence of humans, if we don't smash around wantonly, shoot what we don't need to eat, or pollute the air and water.
I wouldn't want paddlers to risk injury by taking difficult, roundabout ways around beaver dams. When you look at it, beaver are like the Corps of Engineers. They hate the sound of water running, and sometimes they go too far.
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Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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