It's great to see someone other than myself getting on the Wind- I taught myself to paddle on the Dubois town section and have a couple summers of on the waters there. Here's the beta I can share:
The best scenic/whitewater halfday run is from the Kingfisher Rd Bridge (right next to the Longhorn RV park east of Dubois) to South Parker Ranch roadside fishing access. The complete run is 8.92 miles, starts mellow, takes you beneath the 300-400 foot badland cliffs, enters Fish Canyon for class III to III+ action, mellows to scattered pool drop rapids class II+/III- and ends at the fishing access with the best playable ledge hole on the whole river. Paddle a hundred yards past the pulloff of South Parker Ranch access to find the hole.
*Be wary of a river wide irrigation pipe just under the surface entering Fish Canyon. Easy move, Boof it on far river right!
Here's a gauge per me:
- continuous fun waves in Fish Canyon
- play features start to form in the canyon, one great wave at the
top of the second rapid
- great level, small holes and play spots
- the takeout hole is starting to come in at South Parker Ranch
- holes developed in the canyon
- Best level in the Canyon- well pronounced rapids, drops, holes, and
decent playspots. Takeout hole is frothy.
575 and below
- canyon gets manky and loses flavor
I looked at the East Fork a couple summers ago at unrunnable water level- looks like a great exploratory mission for seasoned paddlers- wood would be an issue and i found a dry rapid with a few sieves...
Here's a pic of the badland cliffs before the start of Fish Canyon