Low Head Dams on the San Miguel 6-27-16
Yesterday we ran Norwood Canyon, The Ledges, and The Powerplant Run on the San Miguel. (Putting in at the base of Norwood Hill and taking out at the Power Plant.)
On a HUGE POSITIVE note the low-head dam in the Norwood Canyon section (Above the Ledges) has been modified so that it no longer poses a safety hazard! Big thanks to everyone who helped fix this issue ! (It is probably time to remove the signs calling for a portage at this location)
On a NEGATIVE note: after the Ledges Take-out and well into the Powerplant run there is another very dangerous low-head dam. This obstacle is NOT SIGNED and poses a serious risk. It can be hard to spot (look for the head-gate on river left.) Kayakers will find it easier to stop and portage (river right), but it could be really spooky for a raft (not to mention a thrasher portage.) Hopefully we can get this dam modified like the one above - if not the signs from the old low-head dam should be moved down to this drop to warn people of this obstacle.
Just down stream of the dam we discovered lots of debris from a crash-and-burn and eventually found the abandoned thrashed raft (Yellow Sotar) pinned and tied to a log jamb. I hope whoever this was got out of there ok.
Also - down stream from this low-head dam there are two fences all the way across the river. They are suspended PVC pipe fences which you can paddle right through without incident. The top cable however is low enough that it could pose a hazard to people sitting up high on a raft. So watch out for that as well.
Otherwise this Powerplant section of the run is beautiful and has lots of great play waves and holes like the sections above it.
Take Care Out There