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Old 08-22-2008   #1
 
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DAM Advice for DAM on BV Town Run

SO, planning on doing the BV Town Run tomorrow (Saturday) in the morning while waiting to see if my old Pyrahna S:8 sells at the CKS gear swap. Anyone interested in it?

Haven't run it before, goin with a couple others that have not run it,

Just wondering about the Dam. Eddy Flower says it's runnable, but what is the Drop like? Anything to look out for? If we want to portage it, what are we looking for to let us know that it's comming up? Portage on River Left, or River Right? Is it pretty mellow before getting to it?

Any advice/tips would be great.

Thanks!

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Old 08-22-2008   #2
 
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SO, planning on doing the BV Town Run tomorrow (Saturday) in the morning while waiting to see if my old Pyrahna S:8 sells at the CKS gear swap. Anyone interested in it?

Haven't run it before, goin with a couple others that have not run it,

Just wondering about the Dam. Eddy Flower says it's runnable, but what is the Drop like? Anything to look out for? If we want to portage it, what are we looking for to let us know that it's comming up? Portage on River Left, or River Right? Is it pretty mellow before getting to it?

Any advice/tips would be great.

Thanks!
I haven't been down it myself, but understand that landowners are not portage/scout friendly. I think there's a boat chute, but that at high water the chute is "spooky", not like that helps matters now. Anyway, just ask at CKS, I'm sure they'll know. FYI, water's pretty low up there right now...might want to think about something more channelized (RG, #, Browns?) Might also just go fishin'
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Old 08-22-2008   #3
 
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we are working with the landowners on a portage trail that will hopefully be online next summer. We are also working with AHRA on a long term solution that we will have a design for this winter sometime.

None of that helps you for this weekend....run it right. It is shallow and basically manky but the right side is less so than the left. You can paddle almost up to the crest at this level and kind of boat scout it. It is just a straight shot down the right on a shallow ramp. No hole to speak of at this level.

The new landowners are a lot better than the old landwoners but they are not into people being all over their land until we get this trail easement workedout. Boat scout. Have fun. The rest of the run is fun.
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Old 08-22-2008   #4
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Holerider is correct, you can boat scout or just run it right side down mellow boat shoot. It is nothing to worry about at this level. Have fun...
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Old 08-22-2008   #5
 
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I ran it a month ago. A raft guide in Buena Vista advised us to run it on the left, which we did. It was pretty gnarly on the left side and I would not take that line if given the option again...
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Old 08-22-2008   #6
 
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Spotting it is not going to be a problem. You will see the horizon line from a ways back. I ran early in the year without any prior knowledge of what we were getting into, so when I saw that horizon line it was quite the surprise.

As the previous posts have said, the right is the way to go. We actually ran this at much higher flows, but were still able to pull up to scout until we were almost on the drop.

Have fun and be safe. Any luck with your paddle?
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Its pretty simple and fun. Just go right. A couple friends and myself were floating thru there(when we were just starting out kayaking) and we all ran it left,like idiots. I was the only one that swam,luckily i din't get any rebar in the eye or anything. Stay away from the left,its not pretty.
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I think this drop changes a lot with the water level. At very high water, I think a big hole forms below the chute so people say to run left to avoid the chute. I've heard that advice too. It sucks when people don't take into account water level. With the low water level, things are different and the advice above makes good sense.
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Old 08-22-2008   #9
 
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Hope you guys can get something worked out there to get a trail, don't know how that's going to go though putting a trail in may negatively affect the land owners case on their contaminated well from the old sewer ponds...that they wont let water quality tests be done on. My understanding is the only reason the same land owner has that land is they think they are going to make a ton of money of their contaminated well.

As for the boat chute like everyone else said run it right, it's starting to get pretty low though, ask CKS when you drop your boat off for the swap.
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I Second and third all comments. Ran a month ago and was huge. Never stray to the left nasty
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