Originally Posted by Andy H.
Well it looks like the AHRA screwed up the design on the boat chute but I'd expect someone's hearing from them on the fact it turned into a boat eater. Hopefully they'll get if fixed next winter and it'll make the section boatable at all levels.
I agree that they should open it to privates but sure wouldn't want to do that swim in that boogie water below it.
Yeah, it's a drag that they didn't get it right, but at least they tried to do something boater-friendly when they rebuilt the diversion. I'd bet they get an earful from the outfitters, especially the ones that frequent that stretch.
Yea I would imagine that they will hear it but have to respectfully disagree with that they made this change for boaters as that was never the intention - well other than to get $ to do it...
The #1 priority was the fix so the head to the ditch would work. Might be why they poured in all that concrete to literally separate the river into 2 channels. So the ditch was the first priority this it totally understandable.
The #2 priority was the fish ladder that made the work significantly more difficult to get something mellow. So the fish were the 2nd most focused on priority.
The #3 priority was not to disturb the private land other than the land that is the boat chute. The AHRA owns most of this land. They had to be careful as well about the surrounding private property.
The #4 or very last priority and it shows - was to build a boat chute. They spent 0, zip, or no time on seeing if this thing would be safe and turned a blind eye when many said this hole would turn into what it is as soon as we saw it.
If making a safe boat chute gets pushed down to the very last priority on the old priority list well you get the unwarranted river closure as a knee jerk reaction to yet another high priced AHRA or CWP boondoggle....
A group of 5 of us in kayaks has ran it the past 2 nights and it is not even hard you just have to know where to be. Also you might not want to try and surf the "AHRA" wave
or a swim is likely. To ban even a class 4 kayaker who has seen it is unwarranted at best. The "AHRA" hole is bad and the swim would not be fun but you cant compare the rapid in any way to the difficulty of Pine Creek that private boaters can and will run this week...
Just wondering if it will take another 4 years and another 400k to even attempt another fix??