The Ottawa is AWESOME!
To anyone considering heading up thisaway... I have been here for 2 days of total bliss. This place is such a paddlers paradise it's hard to describe. Very beautiful, very quiet area, and some of the best waves I have ever seen. Only issue is lines at the features, but early morning provides little to no one.
Last time I was here was 4 years ago and it was much much lower than now. Apparently they had quite a good rainy season around the Ottawa valley in 08, and the levels at McCoys are holding spectacularly. I am a terrible playboater, but these past days are getting me more fired up for playboating next season. We don't have ANYTHING like McCoys in Colorado... Super glassy tall wave with a perfect foam hat to keep you in the pocket, but regardless, I am stoked to get after more playboating in 09...
Heading down through Watertown today and will be at the Yough/Gauley later this week. Anyone heading to Yough/Gauley that wants to get in touch... feel free to email me at marty at jackson kayak dot com.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"