A buddy and I toured SSV and NSV this weekend for the first time since the flood. It is crazy to see the devastation and changes. Good or bad, these will be much different rivers.
SSV of course still has it steeps. Not that I paddle SSV, but it seems like it has less features and more straight-line big drops, due to the road re-establishment. Above and below the steeper sections, the river reminded me of a wide Alaskan stream, no vegetation, old braids, more even gradient in sections with boulders and cobblestone everywhere. It seems like there could be short stretches of class III and IV paddling opportunities? I guess we will see how the runoff carves up the river bed this spring and what it looks like with more water running.
I also wonder when they are done with re-establishing the river bed and diversions if you will be able to float to town on SSV?
We also drove up NSV above town. There was a lot of equipment working at Plant Blue Grass. Above the Apple Valley bridge, the river was also stripped of vegetation, and cobblestone everywhere. They were working on re-establishing the river in the old river bed along 36. We could not go up county rd. 80 to look, but Shelly's rapid will be way different as I am sure everything else will be. There is still is a lot of river bed work to be done, sure hope they add back in some river features.
It will be really interesting to see how these rivers settle out/channelize after the work and runoff.