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04-06-2015 02:00 PM
bugz I would love too. I have some raft experience from when I lived in Idaho, on the main salmon, and payette rivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUgcTu9lDyM which are both big class 4. I have done Swirley Canyon which is big class 3 with huge hydraulics in my water skeeter pontoon boat (surfing a little pontoon is a blast!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5z7f6VT_fk and run most of the ark from Browns to canon city in my IK. I learned WW from Grant Amaral, who wrote the book on Idaho White Water (
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He was the River Ranger at the USFS ragner station I worked at in Garden Valley ID. I would love an opportunity to do some rowing this summer!
04-06-2015 01:42 PM
chuckphlegm
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You can...but having done so in a Canoe with an older man (pops) I know the pain involved when the river is this high... it's a long row, and tough after floating for 5-6 hours.

In a kayak, it may not be bad. In my raft, it would be death. I am not into that float, Bugz, sorry.... just not enough fishing for my taste. Can you man the oars on the Ark around Salida or Cotopaxi?

Take me! Take me! I can row...like a pro!
04-06-2015 01:24 PM
Oyey
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You can paddle right up to your car.
You can...but having done so in a Canoe with an older man (pops) I know the pain involved when the river is this high... it's a long row, and tough after floating for 5-6 hours.

In a kayak, it may not be bad. In my raft, it would be death. I am not into that float, Bugz, sorry.... just not enough fishing for my taste. Can you man the oars on the Ark around Salida or Cotopaxi?
04-06-2015 01:18 PM
bugz I may have to take you up on that offer Earplug... It does not look like anyone wants to do this trip... Weird I would think on a site full of fisher people in a state that does not have that many mellow river trips, someone would have a canoe and want to do this. I have posted the trip up on Mtn Buzz to see if any of the river hippies are interested. If not I may have to do this solo. But hell I will paddle someone down the river in my boat if you are willing to help with the shuttle and stop at some of the fishy looking spots. And yes I got the skills to get us down the river safe. Some pics of me and my yacht.
04-01-2015 09:39 PM
earplug I just finished a decent bottle.
I Can't paddle the river this year due to being a wimp.
I have a trailer and a van that knows where the Swallows road is.
I might be talked into helping to haul a couple of boats out.
I'd like to launch and fish for a couple of hours then rescue a couple of boats.
I got a pair of marine radios.
04-01-2015 06:04 PM
bugz
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You can paddle right up to your car.
Well then, that works! Who is in! C'mon hobie you could run your boat down that stretch! Oyey if you no longer have a river boat you can ride in my ducky! lets do this!
04-01-2015 05:35 PM
hobiecat You can paddle right up to your car.
04-01-2015 05:31 PM
bugz
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I don't live down there anymore, but I have always wanted to make this float. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a long trip especially if you start at Florence. Try to get permission to launch at the Holcim Cement Plant in Portland. In addition, with the high water it will take a while to get Turkey Creek, I suggest taking out at the north swallows parking lot (this is lake right now, not river). I agree that doing this float in the first half of April would be arguably the best time to try it, good luck.
Thanks for the input. Do you know how close the lake is to North Swallows PL? I would rather suffer with a paddle than on foot thru a muddy thicket.... Don't think that a boat pick up is an option unless someone on here volunteers. But the stars have not aligned like this in the last few years that I have been near the Ark. I would really like to do this trip. Also suffering is kinda my MO, so paddling out in the dark into the wind would not be a huge deterrent. Makes it all more memorable!
04-01-2015 02:26 PM
Oyey I have floated that section many times... not too much trouble, fishing is ok. It's a fun trip, long and make sure with the res as high as it is, you have someone to pick you up in a boat... if you don't, you will suffer.
04-01-2015 01:22 PM
CadenceKing I don't live down there anymore, but I have always wanted to make this float. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a long trip especially if you start at Florence. Try to get permission to launch at the Holcim Cement Plant in Portland. In addition, with the high water it will take a while to get Turkey Creek, I suggest taking out at the north swallows parking lot (this is lake right now, not river). I agree that doing this float in the first half of April would be arguably the best time to try it, good luck.
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