The loop only comes back to 400 to 500 yards of itself, which I am sure those pioneers could not have navigated through that stretch of woods without getting lost. However the jug comes back to 50' they might have found their car.
I am an American Whitewater member. One of 6300. There are an estimated 100000 paddlers in the U S. If you are not a member you should join. AW is fighting for our rivers everyday and could use some help.