Originally Posted by cstork
. . . I think it is only 5-6 feet across . . .
There was quite a big debate on this topic here last year or the year before. Once again someone has weighed in with an IMPOSSIBLE answer. The correct answer is probably more on the range of 20'. Even if "the chute" were only 10' wide at water level (which it is not), there would still be fiberglass boats and RPM's stuck in there from the endless line of newbies who run this stretch.
I am 6' tall. Going through "the chute" with my arms extended, I would not be anywhere close to either side. Nor have I ever hit my paddle blade on either side.
Also, think about a "similar" situation in the rock garden on foxton. At the bottom of the rock garden, the only line is on the left going around a huge house rock (in mid stream) and sieve on river right. This line constricts greatly as you wrap around the rock, and has vertical banks on both sides - road on the left, house rock on the right. This constriction MUST be at least 10 to 15' wide, b/c there is absolutely no way to lodge a boat or paddle in there. This constriction is much tighter than "the chute", so the chute must be wider.
If the flow is 300+, I think you will be fine with your raft. Obviously if you have an oar rig, it is a different story. No matter what the flow, bring your fishin pole.