Originally Posted by Trebor
Bob, be carefull in there. We had a strong group and still nearly died in there on the spikes of a pungy trunk all the way across the creek. Narrow, continuous and heavily treed even before the current pine beetle plague. There is next to no access except at the top near the campground and at the bottom just above the res. Even shore scouting was very difficult due to lack of trails, steep and numerous deadfall trees. Only pure luck and a premonition saved us all from being impaled. Trebor
All true. I told my husband about this thread, so hopefully he'll post. He did it last year with a buddy in our 13' raft. They knew there were going to be a lot of trees, so they took a chainsaw. Made several attempts to scout before they did it, but the woods just get too thick in spots to even get close to the river. They removed too many trees to count and it took way longer than they expected. Multiple portages, one specifically where they could barely get the raft through the woods. Several trees in the river were too difficult to remove. They planned to take out at the reservoir, but had to take out early because it was getting late and they were losing light. They ran into a ranger and I think he said he'd never seen anyone run it, or it had been at least some crazy amount of years since he'd seen anyone run it, something like that.
Not advised to do it, but if you do, bring a buddy or two and definitely bring a chainsaw. Be on your toes and give yourself plenty of time to deal with the hazards. It's a cool area. We've seen multiple moose around there, and I think my husband saw a bear during their attempt. Good luck!