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As the river narrows again, it gets uglier: more shacks by the river with decrepit docks and spilling garbage. It is not at all cut out here and makes for a difficult jungle paddle. You don't have to go see nature...it falls right in your boat (and in your hair) as you duck under logs and fight through branches. We had to climb out on 5 major logs each way, pull the boat over, and climb back in. You're tired by the end of the day.
A mile from the dam, you start seeing more and more foam (and flotsam). The dam holding Mirror Lake is one heckuva engineering project: we walked across 20 or 30 yards of rocks in wire cages (bank stabilizers) to get up on the bridge for a view. You're right in town but unfortunately we had neither the time nor the clean clothes to investigate possibilities for refreshment. We paddled rec boats 10-13'.
Reflective Hull Decals
Overstock Outlet Foods
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit