Flood of Jan 97 Update: The rapid is sraightened out and the concrete block loaded with rebar has moved downstream 150 feet and over to the left channel and out of play. The block is out of the water below .9ft and most of the rebar is pointing downstream. A good low water project would be to cut off all the protruding steel. Volunteers?
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The hole has changed. It is now better than ever at .5ft to .6ft on the gauge. Can you say AUTO ENDER? The owner of the property adjacent the hole has just taken up kayaking. Guess he got tired of watching everybody eddy out in his hole for a little fun.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: Major change has occorred. 150 feet of lower end of the island that formed the left bank is gone. The center and right channels are gone. The route is far left at the top and a hard move right half way down to avoid the large hole on the left side. The alternate route through the jacuzzi pool on the far far right is widened, less technical, and accessable at a wider range of flows.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The twist has been taken out of the rapid. Easy to stay right. In fact, there's a new channel on the right side but it's still more fun to eddy out behind the big rock on the left.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The right channel through the toilet bowl is the same. A high water rapid in a left channel is now available. A strainer tree has been in the river above Toilet Bowl on the right side of the channel the entire '97 season. I hope someone cuts it out before next year.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: Same route, better rapid. Try the far left side for a pleasant alternative.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: No longer a cheap thrill. The stopper hole on the top makes a run off the nose even harder. The hole below the main drop is bigger and stickier than ever. Hug the left side of the main drop to avoid the hole. The high flow far left cheat route is still there above 1800 cfs.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The chair was starting to form as the river dropped to 1600 cfs. The hole looked pretty sticky at 900 cfs but I haven't heard and first hand reports as to it's thrashing potential.
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The flood did some major rearranging of the river just above the confluence. Water now flows down the left bank right behind the Naturedome. Take either the first or second channel down to the confluence. Watch the piton rock in the center of the second channel.
Upper Slicky at 1400 cfs
Flood of Jan 97 Update: A large 10 foot boulder is lodged up against the undercut rock on the right. The route remains the same. The right channel up against the undercut rock was loaded with strainers during the '97 season.
Lower Slicky at 1400 cfs
Flood of Jan 97 Update: The main drop is unchanged. Brush has been swept away on the right opening another cheat route. The left bank has been severely eroded. The abovementioned local paddler again tested the meat of the main drop at 2400 cfs and again had to swim out. The boat without airbags stayed in another 3 mimutes. The small play ledge 200 feet below Slicky is now a major river wide hole.
Take out on the left bank behind the Cort Gallery
Look upstream at Gateway Section (Class 4)
Continue downsream Town of Three Rivers to the Lake (Class 2+)
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