I did the Eel last June. Probably much higher flows last year than this year though. We did a four day trip ending near Kettenpom, and starting god knows where. I can't remember which fork we started on, but the flow was pretty gentle. One of the forks or the main river met up, and it got burly from then on out. Awsome trip, highly recomend it, but..... The area is very sketchy. I saw two fights while sitting at store in the middle of nowhere. Luckily one guy that was with us had lived there before, and we had a place to keep our cars and get a shuttle from a meth man. I have heard many stories of people leaving their cars, and coming back with them broken into and even burnt to a crisp. The people living up there are in a world of their own, and don't like outsiders. On the way down the river we saw many pot growing farms, as well as people watching us from behind bushes. Security I guess. Anyways, it is a great river, but be careful up there in the Emerald Triangle. There is also the Trinity River, which is boater friendly.