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The launch was easy, and there were probably 100+ boats making the run. I started out in the middle of the pack, but I was easily able to outdistance most of them. My son, and I wound up in the front, so we took our time and enjoyed the incredible beautiful scenery on the river.
They had let some water through the dam so the river was running about 2 or 3 knots. Everything was smooth up the the 4-mile marker, where there were two strainers (fallen tress) completely across the river, and they were staggered, with a stump in the middle. I was able to easily slalom between them, but my son got the 15' Convertible stuck on the tree, but was able to push off and get free (I love these inflatables). Several other yaks wiped out on this obstacle, but everyone made it through OK, as far as I know.
From there, it was just a pleasant run to the takeout, where I played music until about 9:30 PM, and then we camped. Next morning, some of the more adventurous re-entered the river for the 17-mile run to the next take-out.
This is a great, fairly easy run. For more information, go to NERA.com
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