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Old 10-31-2005   #1
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Colorado boater looking for recommendations on class II-III multi-days in the Pacific Northwest. I've guided rafts for years, and just bought one of my own, but will be accompanied by a wife who LOVES to camp and be outdoors, but HATES to swim in whitewater.
Looking for suggestions...great scenery? lack of crowds?? good fishing???
If youve had a great multi-day on some PAcific NW rivers, please let me know- we're looking to do a loop from CO up through Montana into Idaho, Oregon, Washington, N. Cal this summer...
Also, any info on permiting for your suggested river would be great.
thanks in advance.

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Old 10-31-2005   #2
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Consider the lower deschutes. There are two 50 miles sections seperated by one half mile of illegal/deadly water. Not too hard, good camping, great fishing, its warm and always has water. Either section would be good, or you could arrange for help w/the portage and shuttle- call All Star rafting in Maupin. They are instituting a permit system sometime soon so you need to look into that (or ask All Star).
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Old 10-31-2005   #3
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- Owyhee river Rome to Owyhee reservoir stretch. Checkout If you hit this mid-week the crowds thin considerably. There are also some sections of the Upper Owyhee that are class II-III but getting to the put-in and takeout is a bee-yatch. You'd definitely have the river to yourselves though.

- There's also the Lower Salmon before it joins the Snake River. This may be pushing your class III limit if you do it in Spring. If you wait until late summer, it may be down to class III range. Get Grant Amaral's "Idaho The Whitewater State".

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I've never done them but the Smith and the Rogue may fit your needs.
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