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Old 05-02-2009   #11
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Sweep boats

Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park runs from Pacific Creek down to Moose (20 miles) on the Snake River using sweep boats. This section is flat and somewhat tricky if you don't know the lower half from Deadmans to Moose.
There is no camping within Grand Teton National Park but below Moose there might be? This really is a beautiful section to float and worth the time. This photo has 22 people on board. These are old bridge pontoon replicas with a frame running down the middle supporting a wooden deck and a pin whole in both ends for the sweep. They are a bitch of fun.
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Old 05-03-2009   #12
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my first raft trip ever was 93 or 94 in the royal gorge at huge water, i think 3800. my buddys dad ran us through in his snout rigged with sweeps. not sure he has been back to do it again, though we had a good run. landing was interesting with the current and small eddys.

if you are good on the sweeps, i think you could run a small sweep on some sections of the ark with good water. most of the time you'd be sitting on your front sweep to keep it from catching and it would be tight and interesting in spots, but doable. run it with oars first and decide.

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Old 05-03-2009   #13
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Lower salmon also, we saw one there late last summer.

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