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The next couple of miles are full of granite ledges that run the full width of the river - at low water (and it was low this trip) you may need to walk your boat a few yards. We saw 3 bald eagles on this stretch so all was forgiven! We passed the public boat ramp at the bridge (a good alternative it you don't want to deal with the ledges) and headed on.
Lunch was on a rock alongside the NW bank. There are numerous riffles and rock gardens along this stretch, which can be either fun, tricky, or irritating depending on the water level.
There are public ramps at Blue Ford, about 6 3/4 miles from the put in. There is a ramp on the NW side of the river, accessed by Clarence Taylor Rd; a steep carry-up on the SE side, accessed by County Rt 1/1.
There are a lot of fishing camps along this part of the South Branch, and it gets crowded and loud on holiday weekends. Mid-week it is all yours to enjoy.
There is limited cell phone coverage in this area. Check the Springfield gauge online - if the water level is less than 1.5 feet you will be walking your boats and dealing with tricky rock gardens.
Recreational Kayak Paddle