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Old 11-29-2018   #1
 
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Best places to kayak during springbreak?

Where can I find good flows during the end of march? We all went to the Columbia gorge last year which was awesome but I was wondering if there are some other good options. I am still thinking of either Oregon or Washington but any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Shane
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Old 11-29-2018   #2
 
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Columbia is a safe bet, but if you want to mix it up, head down to southern oregon/northern california. Smith, trinity, cal salmon, illinois, etc are all exceptional. Check out A Wet State - A Guide to Whitewater Kayaking for more info.
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Western NC!

Spring in western NC offers a ton of different runs ranging from class II all the way up to V+. Plenty of options. Tons of places to stay in Asheville, from there you can get to pretty much anything for a day trip.
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Old 01-30-2019   #4
 
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Often decent flows on the Lochsa by late March.




But you're young and in college and need a proper spring break roadtrip to tell stories about when you're old like the rest of us. The southeast sounds awesome.
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Costa Rica!
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I'll back paulk's recommendation. In my 33 foot motor-home I spent several wonderful wet seasons(WINTER!) enjoying the coastal rivers of northern California and Southern Oregon(my sister lives in Grants Pass). The Cal Salmon, Forks of the Trinity and Illinois are hard to beat! Not to mention many runner-ups. Better have a full dry suit, etc, but it sounds like you are well prepared in that regard!

I've also enjoyed in the USA 48 in spring the Salt, Gila, Verde and San Francisco etc. Better have a self-support boat. They are an adventure but not necessarily gnarly WW.

And yes, Costa Rica. Probably easier now than when I visited through the Winter 1986. And then there is Chile, NZ and anywhere south of the equator!!!

What are your constraints? Spring break? Student/teacher income? Now those are constraints.

You've gotten some great feedback. I started out open boating and kayaking rivers of the SE. Nothing more beautiful and memorable than the Chattooga in spring(otters/blossoming laurels and rhododendrons and more(phenomenal pool-drop)). There is talk about bending over and squealing when visiting there but that is all Hollywood BS. Speaking personally, I never had too that I can remember(I'd likely remember) and I spent a lot of time through high school and college kayaking, caving and climbing in those, ah, backcountry/"implied backdoor" regions. Now, there was the legend of Elise', the stump trained cow, from my caving, deepest back-country days....... perhaps shared another day.
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I would 3rd Cal Salmon - Trinity - Brush Creek - Smith. Lots to choose from and epic place. It's a push from Bozeman, but doable. Get Dan Menten's new guidebook to NorCal, it's spot on.
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Where can I find good flows during the end of march? We all went to the Columbia gorge last year which was awesome but I was wondering if there are some other good options. I am still thinking of either Oregon or Washington but any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Shane
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The Nile has good flows and warm weather, no spring snow storms either.
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The East Fork of a river that is pronounced like Hawaii
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