Originally Posted by dryfly
The river register is another small but good camp. the tall bank is ugly though. we had someone fall in when loading the kitchen box.
the best camp I found was between miles 72 and 71 (Belknap)-near the middle side canyon of the 3 canyons on river right.
I recall thinking that oak bottom would make a good camp (maybe???). and a good big beach at horseshoe.
River register was high and dry, we couldn't see how we could even land the boat and tie to the pin that was about 6' above the water level. It was just a vertical wall. We spent 2 nights at the 2nd camp of those 3 you speak of and it was incredible. But we stopped carrying the dry box up and that helped as it was steep and slick.
I think the low level is not that common, the tr's we read warned us of sandbars and dragging and borderline against rafts at that level. We hit a couple sandbars and had to drag the boat about 3 times. We did have to row upstream at a few places after landing. I imagine it is a lot easier with higher water if you are even a foot higher. It was the most bizarre river/camping experience!
Horseshoe had a nice beach but someone was there. Plus it was a long mudflat carry from the closest we could get the raft. We kept going and found a sweet spot about 1 mi later on the left.
You couldn't even get a boat into the channel at 3 canyon, but you are right that muck went half way up to my knee!