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Old 06-21-2009   #1
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Tree in the Brown's Creek sneak

I doubt too many people are using it, but there is a cottonwood tree down river-wide about 1/4-1/2 way down the Chalk Creek "Brown's Canyon Sneak". We ran it on Friday @ 190 (which would be my floatable minimum) and we were just able to sneak under the tree in a small slot against a bush, much more water and that move will not be possible, and there are no "good" eddies above it.
Use caution if you plan on running this before the water drops back off.

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Old 05-30-2010   #2
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Tree is still there and at 350 there was no chance of floating under it. Maybe rolling under it in an emergency; there was less than a foot of clearance. Like lmyers said, only micro eddies above that require some vegetation-grabbing. I won't take this creek anymore. There is no whitewater, few eddies, and lots of blind corners. Plus, it doesn't seem to cut off that much flatwater. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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Old 05-30-2010   #3
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We planned on using it today as well, but saw all this wood piled agaisnt the highway culvert where we usually put-in:

and as you said it doesn't cut off much flatwater at high flows, the only time I like to use it is around 200 cfs on Chalk Creek, which usually means 1200-2000 in Browns...the main advantage is that it cuts way down on shuttle time not having to drive around to Ruby.
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