Originally Posted by WaFlyCaster
There are 3 different logs/wood obstuctions in Ladle Rapid. We ran ladle Thursday 6/11/15.. took a middle route. Right side had long strainer log and what appeared to be a stump blocking a route over that way i wanted to take Will be interesting to see how it gets at lower water. The wood looked pretty fresh and on our first night on the river there was a big thunderstorm ang high winds which may have knocked them in the water.
Middle route worked out for almost everyone in our group but one boat entered a little too far left and flipped..
Also a top of a tree in the start of Little Niagra and i believe salalom Slide on the first day had a tree which made for a tight move.
Judging from the photos of Ladle, the big tree is not in the way of any of the standard shots. The right side entry moving slightly left into the duck pond is still open, so low water should be a go no problem there. The tree up top is in Galloping Gertie and it makes for a tight entry but not really a problem either, we were able to get by last july at the end of the month.
To the OP I would take the 13', but I would always choose a raft over a cat at low water they just float higher and slime over the rocks.