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Old 05-28-2009   #1
 
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Hecla Junction to Stone Bridge

I'm looking for some information on floating the Arkansas river, specifically the Hecla Juction to Stone Bridge stretch, late June. Basically I'm wondering about rapids/hazards on that stretch and if it's doable in an oar-rig.

I've floated Stone Bridge to Salida East, but I'm unfamiliar with the stretch above it, and I understand Hecla has a campground while Stone Bridge does not. I was thinking it'd be nice to rig boats the night before and just put in from Hecla the following morning.

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Siedels Suck hole is the only true rapid in between Hecla and Stone Bridge, you can get out and scout it on river rt and I would scout it. other than that pretty mellow section
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Depending on the water level Siedels can be silent or voilent. At lower water levels it's a pretty tame pour over. At 1200 and up it can be a boat flipper. It's definately a good rapid to scout.
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There is one additional rapid below Siedels, it’s decent but not of any great significance for a raft. Ore rig will be no problem, it’s a pretty short and un eventful run with lot’s of shallow water, wouldn’t be my suggestion for a good raft float. Start at Buena Vista or Fisherman’s bridge, you’ll get Browns which is a beautiful canyon, starting at Buena Vista will add some additional scenery and minor rapids. The dam is fun on the left and easy on the right.
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I'm looking for some information on floating the Arkansas river, specifically the Hecla Juction to Stone Bridge stretch, late June. Basically I'm wondering about rapids/hazards on that stretch and if it's doable in an oar-rig.
Definitely runnable in an oar rig; I regularly run it in a 16.5ft cataraft, companions run catarafts and roundnoses with oars.

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Siedels Suck hole is the only true rapid in between Hecla and Stone Bridge, you can get out and scout it on river rt and I would scout it. other than that pretty mellow section.
If you camp at Hecla, you can walk on river right (about a mile) down to look at Seidel's.

I would also say that Twin Falls, the next rapid after Seidel's, is something to pay attention to. The second drop has a right lateral wave that has flipped unsuspecting boaters.

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Depending on the water level Siedels can be silent or voilent. At lower water levels it's a pretty tame pour over. At 1200 and up it can be a boat flipper.
You can sneak Seidel's on the left (might need to ship your left oar), otherwise a run right of center of the hole offers your best chance (I think). Have a good head of steam if you hit the hole dead on.
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thanks folks...
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