Back from the SJ. Took out on 7/4 @ clay hills. 7 day 6 nite trip w/ 6 people. Level at Sand Island on 6/28 was approx 3500! due to the rains upstream. Not sure what the level was at the take out, but estimate 1000 or below?
Nice trip, first time user and will definitly do it again.
Couple of interesting things (for me anyway):
1- the river seemed consistently shallower than I had expected.
2- encountered a water spout! Paddling along minding my own business, when the wind picked up so I dropped the umbrella and then noticed a big gust blowing sand off the shore, closed my eyes and was promptly drenched by spray. I thought it was just spray from the gust, but my friends all in their own boats saw me get hit by a mini-tornado/whirlwind (or whatever) that kicked up a waterspout which went right over the raft! Pretty cool, however it happened so fast they were not able to get a pic (damm I would have liked to have seen that).
3- how fast a canoe can flip in Govt. (courtesy of my pal). Reminded me why I don't canoe anymore.
4- How nice it was to stop in Mex Hat to re-beer and re-ice, make a phone call, have lunch and let the ladies shop (most week-long SW trips don't have that kinda port-o-call)
Finally, as someone else noted, the campsites were clean with the exception of Below 8ft, which looked like it had been abused by a group of kids (which I think it had been).
Thanks to all the Buzzards for posting info over the years making the "learning about the river" curve a little shorter.
See Ya Bye!
Off for a paddle fest on the SFA in Coloma - clean cold h2o