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Old 03-21-2016   #1
Atlanta, Georgia
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First multi-day kayaking trip

Hi All,

I'm looking to book my first multi-day kayaking trip and was looking for some recommendations. Anyone have any thoughts?

- Mid to late June
- 3-6 days
- Water should be pretty warm
- Class II/II+, some III's
- (Preferable) Water shouldn't be ice-cold

I was looking at the Main Salmon, but I'm thinking my skill level will be a little too junior for the expected big water. Looking into Desolation Canyon if I can find an outfitter to take me along.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-21-2016   #2
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if you can roll and you're not alone, the main salmon would be fine in my opinion. I can't imagine going on the main alone.. I always have 10 to 14 friends with me. I'd do it all on a paddle board with friends to pluck me out. :-p

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Old 03-22-2016   #3
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Sounds like the San Juan would be a good fit for you.

There are some options to explore on this website:

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Old 03-22-2016   #4
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Just swing on up north and run the New River in WV from Sandstone to Cunard. Fits your criteria perfectly and is only 6-8 hours away from ATL.

It would be a good way to get some multiday experience....then you can go out west with more confidence, skills and buddies later.
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Old 03-22-2016   #5
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Thanks for the recommendations. I hadn't thought about the New, but that's a great option given the location. I'll take a look into outfitters up there to see if they have some good options in the summer.
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Old 03-22-2016   #6
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Anywhere out west will be chilly water in June, and at that time, the main salmon may be a little bigger than you'd like. In august it sounds perfect for you. If you don't mind a little cold and out of this world scenery, lodore, desolation, and the rogue sound like good options.
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Old 03-23-2016   #7
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The Rogue is a great fit. Warm water, even in June it isn't bad, typically really nice weather, and not too hard to get a permit in June. Just have to wait for some people to give up some space to the left over pool. You could also float the rec section above the permit section to add more days and/or wait to pick up a permit. There are a handful of places to camp as well.
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Old 03-24-2016   #8
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Deso in late June or early July would fit your requirements. Not too cold and nothing harder than pretty straight forward IIIs and I t's mostly class II. It's kind of a rushed trip in 6 days though. Lots of time on the river to do it in six. Stretch it out to 8 days to include one or two layover days and you'll have more fun.

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Grande Ronde might be a good choice for you. 90 miles, half of which are wild and scenic, lots of class 2 Rapids. Good river to test out the self support system you have, and practice rolling a heavy boat.
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Old 06-08-2016   #10
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mid-june is next week, hit the Lower owyhee down from Rome, still kayak able, water will be warm, and rapids fun at this low flow.

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