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Around the 2 mile mark, just before the only man made structure, on the north cliff, I found some well preserved petroglyphs. Look for the "square anatomically correct man", or the "Bart Simpson coming from a deer's rump". This was a highlight of the trip. I landed at the man made structure (the only place to land until the end) and had lunch and explored the structure.
After some prime picnic food I set off to continue up the canyon. I paddled into an increasing current for about 1.5 miles finally reaching some very impressive rapids. It being cold snowmelt I only pulled my boat past the first set for a wild 1 minute ride!
The paddle back went fast going with the current.I slowed down at the petroglyphs for a final look and moved on at a quick pace. When I got to the lake I was fortunate enough to witness a Native American man teaching a young boy to fish. They caught a very impressive Bass, using a technique I have never seen, and am not willing to disclose. The trip was an epic start to my summer.
During swimming season, it can get crowded with beer drinkers and boom boxes for the first mile. After that it is peaceful and you will only see like-minded paddlers.
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