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Old 05-07-2013   #11
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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I put a call into him.

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Old 05-07-2013   #12
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I was on the marsh creek to riggins trip you guys are talking about. We put in last wednesday afternoon (5/1). Yes, marsh creek is full of logs, but there were open paths around almost all of them - we only had one portage. It looked like someone spent some time in there with a chain saw clearing the way. We ran into two raft trips, one of which told us they put in on marsh creek. We didn't get to talk to the other group.

By the way, it was really interesting to paddle through such a severely burned area.

No consequential logs were encountered from boundary creek onward. And of course, as the levels change, more logs can, and most likely will, come into play, so be careful.

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Old 05-07-2013   #13
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Good info.

How was the 1 portage? On a scale of annoying to epic....
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Old 05-08-2013   #14
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Not a bad portage. A small log had wedged itself just above the water surface at the entrance of the gorged-out part on marsh creek, near the confluence with bear valley creek.

It probably could have been boofed, but we decided to put in right below it.
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Old 05-08-2013   #15
pocatello, Idaho
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Great info.

Just to clarify- you were a kayak group but a raft group had been down marsh and at the flow you went there was room for rafts around the logs with 1 exception?

If so I will try marsh Saturday.
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Old 05-09-2013   #16
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At least one raft trip has made it down marsh without incident, and they seemed to be paddling at least one 16 footer, so I'd say it's good to go (with appropriate caution, of course) for a raft trip. But all bets are off now that the river is coming up.

I didn't pay much attention to the width of the channels between log hazards, but only one caught my eye as being a pain for anything wider than a kayak. It was only about 6 or 8 feet wide, at the bend in the creek, which made its width hard to judge without bank-scouting. It was near the top of a riffle section, too. So once committed to, it would be hard to adjust plans.

Other than that, and the portage at the entrance to the gorge, marsh creek was a pleasant afternoon of paddling with a surprisingly low amount of charcoal-covered dragging of 100lb boats through thick patches of annoying riparian twigs, over slick rocks, in fading daylight.
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Old 05-10-2013   #17
Bozeman, Montana
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Forest Service Update

Just saw this on the forest service MF site

"Updated May 9, 2013
Middle Fork Boaters:
Marsh Creek Report: On Thursday, May 9th, the Forest Service river patrol launched on Marsh Creek and radioed the office when they arrived at Boundary Creek at approx. 4 pm. They did not have to portage any trees, as a previous group had cut out 3 trees. However, they saw lots of black, dead wood moving in the water, which will likely create hazards as the water levels fluctuate. The patrol went ultra-light in a cat and a kayak."

Salmon-Challis National Forest - Water Activities
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Old 05-16-2013   #18
pocatello, Idaho
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Just off mfs last night. Marsh is doable. Lots of wood. Nothing full channel. Log in dagger falls made it a mandatory portage. Didn't see a good kayak line either. Really ugly stuff.
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Old 05-19-2013   #19
Bend, Oregon
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Boundary Open

USFS just posted that a group shoveled their way through to Boundary on the 15th. They suggested 4wd and clearance. If its like past years, probably just a few spots where that is really needed. They plan to open Boundary Creek guard station some time this week.
Vaya Con Rios!

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Old 05-19-2013   #20
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It's Idaho, Idaho has trees, Idaho micro burst, Idaho has fires, Idaho has rivers. In Idaho trees in the river are life fish in the river. It's just a fact of life of river running in Idaho. Deal with it.

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