The section below the put-in at Pilar is really fun for a beginning boater. I did it my first season. Make no mistake, however, there is danger present. Some seemingly innocuous-looking boulders make nice sticky hydraulics if you're not alert and respectful of the river gods. I ended up in one after I got tired, tried to paddle someone else's boat, missed a couple of rolls and swam. I swam right into it and didn't realize where I was or why I wasn't surfacing - for many recirculations. It was terrifying and I almost got wacked. Mostly because of my _own_ lack of experience, but there it is - be aware.
There is also a big drop at the bottom of this run that is a boulder choked constriction with a huge hole river middle behind a rooster tail at the horizon line of the drop. I went into this backward in my RPM and endered right out, but people have gotten wacked in it. My understanding is that it is considered a Class IV drop on a Class II/III run. I guess that's why there is a photographer sitting there watching. If you are aware of this and see it coming (I didn't) you can _easily_ sneak it right or left with very little excitement. As the previous writer pointed out, this is a roadside run, so it would be easy to portage it or simply take out at that point as its at the very end.
I had a great time on that run as a beginner and would certainly run it again.
Three years ago, there was a play hole at the gauge just upriver of Pilar, too, in case you're of the ilk. It was on river right.