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Old 02-09-2015   #21
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It is not slow moving water. Jge1 is right. It is still the Salmon. At higher flows Ruby is huge. Lake Creek is big also but a fairly easy run.


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Old 02-09-2015   #22
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Originally Posted by jge1 View Post
There's a couple (at least) of good rapids, Ruby and Lake Creek. There is a gravel road, but generally not real close to the river; you'll probably want to camp one night in the stretch (or your last day would be really long), and you should have little trouble finding a camp across the river from the road.

Ruby and lake creek rapids are not for the faint of heart. I've been through twice at flows above 60k and they way bigger that chittam and Ruby has no sneak. Both have grand canyon sized features that are 20+ft tall. You also easily scout Ruby from the river level.

If your comfortable in large volume rivers its very doable but you want a group that is ready to deal with flip and swim situations. Everything gets moving very fast and getting boat and people to the side of the river can take miles. Boat spacing is critical to safety because if your more and 50 to 100yards away you now on a single boat trip.

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Old 02-10-2015   #23
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Originally Posted by oarboatman View Post
Ruby and lake creek rapids are not for the faint of heart.
When I was there this past September, Ruby was nothing much, and Lake Creek was a little tricky, kind of a slot very similar to Elkhorn Rock. But flows were very low. At those flows the trickiest thing was probably Bailey, where a big hole forms at the bottom of the tongue, which has a very narrow entrance between some rocks - you gotta pull to the right out of the tongue, at the top just after you get past the entry rocks, or you're probably gonna flip. But, I am a novice.
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Would a preseason Main float be unreasonable to solo? I did that on Hells last year with no problem, but that is damn controlled. What level does it turn into my GF will never go rafting again level?

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