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Old 04-13-2012   #1
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Bailey Boaters: First Falls Portage / Scout Info

Heads up Bailey Boaters...

The four falls land owners want Bailey boaters to get out to scout / portage first falls in one spot to minimize bank erosion. They are marking the spot with two orange thin rods. There will be a yellow rod upstream to signal that the spot is coming. The spot to get out is at the head of the large river right eddy than many paddlers get out at anyway. Look around... if there are lots small diameter branches placed horizontally across the slope... thats a no-go to get out. The get out spot has some basic steps cut in and will have the orange rods.

If you portage four falls and put in all the way at the bottom, the landowner has a preferred spot down at the bottom eddy marked with two orange poles as well.

I think this is a reasonable request and we should all respect their wishes and take out and put in at these spots to help minimize bank erosion. Keep and eye out and tell your friends when you paddle. Working with these landowners can really help out long term relations with the landowners there.


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Old 04-14-2012   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, I'll make sure to pay attention!

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Old 04-14-2012   #3
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DSP- Thanks for being a great emissary between the land owners and Bailey boaters..
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Old 04-14-2012   #4
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I was just curious about the wires across the river before you get to four falls... I know they have been there for a while but I am not sure why. I do know that they are really dangerous especially if some first-time Bailey boaters who are casually floating down the flat water not looking for thin wires a foot off the water. Is it possible that these could get removed or at least raised up a little bit?
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Old 04-14-2012   #5
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Not 100% sure, but I think the wires mark where the property changes from one landowner to the next. The wires are low in the middle, but they are easily passable on either side ( I prefer left). I have not approached the landowners about this because it's not a big enough issue for me to try and ask for a favor. We don't have any favors in the bank, and really aren't in a position to ask. My suggestion is to remind new boaters to clear them on the side and keep a heads up. I've gotten the wire question a couple of time. If the wires get worse and become impassable, I'll talk to the landowners.
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Old 08-15-2012   #6
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I thought I would revive this thread to remind folks of what is expected and also add to it what seems to be one of the biggest issues for the owners. They do NOT want anyone peeing at Four Falls PERIOD, END OF STORY. Nope, not even in the river (I'm guilty of thinking that was OK). Please use the bathroom at the put-in and then wait until you are well below Four Falls, like SuperMax. Pass the word to your paddling buddies.



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