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Old 05-30-2005   #1
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LSB wood status?

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Old 05-30-2005   #2
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Paddled LSB last Tuesday. There is plenty of wood mainly in the form of logs that stretch 1/2 to 3/4's of the way across the river when they appear. There are no portages due to river-wide logs or stainers and the 3 major drops are clean as of May 24th. There are some points where you need to notice the wood and ferry to the opposite side of the river so stay alert.

I don't know if you have done this run before. At 200 cfs going over the dam it's fun! I went over at 394 and got my ass handed to me! NYDan went over in the same spot and made it by a hair. Keep an eye on the level in Eldo to gage your decent of the dam.

Be safe, have fun!

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Old 05-30-2005   #3
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LSB wood danger

Ran LSB Sunday. There is a hidden log strainer approximately 1/4 mile below the second Walker Ranch bridge. It looks like there was a river-wide tree that someone sawed the top off. The main body of the tree sticks out about 12 feet from river right, 2 foot diameter at the trunk, and it's nearly invisible until you are right on it (which you will be, because the top half of the tree on river left is obvious and most boaters will be right). This was probably obvious at low water, but at 460 there is about six inches of flow over the top.

We marked the spot with a hot-pink strap, about 20 feet upstream. It looks like others have marked the spot with yellow ribbon, but it's faded and easily missed.

At the last second, I tried to run over the top, but rear endered under it. Punched out immediately and strained through, underneath, but it tore the helmet off my head. Boat pinned, paddle gone, helmet gone, and somehow lost both booties, necessitating an embarrasing hike out in socks. Watch out for this sucker!
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Old 05-30-2005   #4
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Wow, that sounds sketchy. Glad you're OK. I noticed the log as I floated over it saturday at 500cfs. That hike out sucks; I've done it with booties. Did you go back out through Walker or down through Eldo?

Note to folks cleaning wood: It is really important to get it above high water. I know this is not always practical or easy, and I won't tell you every log I cut gets that treatment, but wood left in the channel will get rearranged, and could be more lethal than the problem you were trying to fix. There is a lot of wood in there that will move around if it comes back up. Be safe.
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