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Old 10-20-2017   #1
 
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Has anyone been there recently? Earlier in the year I know that there was a pretty bad sand bar that had built up at the boat ramp, causing issues with launching boats. Does anybody know if it is still there? We have a late season trip coming up, and just trying to plan accordingly. Thank you for any beta in advance!

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It was still there over Labor Day weekend. The ranger said they had no plans to do anything about it, so I assume it's still there. All launches (commercial and private) were carrying boats and gear - nobody tried driving to the river. It's maybe a 150 yard carry, so not too bad if you have lots of hands. There were also some ~2' diameter x 6' lengths of plastic culvert-type tubing that appeared to be used to roll rafts, but I didn't see anyone using them.
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Oh, and the ranger was super chill and friendly. I never met the prior ranger that was a stickler, but the guy who was there was decidedly NOT a hardass.
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I launched last week. There is a very large sand bar in the way between the ramp and the river. However, there was this giant metal cart that had like 8 wheels and could transport a fully loaded raft across the sand with about 6 people pushing it. It was really pretty cool, glad to see money from fees going toward improving the sand situation. We called it the war rig (mad max). We were able to transport 4 rafts and all the gear across the sand bar in probably 30 minutes. I think the cart was fairly new from what the Ranger had said. Trucks without trailers were able to drive right to the water. Ranger was super cool.
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But trucks with trailers were getting stuck? Or just didn't want to risk it? Anybody come close to getting stuck in the sand?
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If I had to risk driving out there this time of year, I'd do it early early AM, when the sand is still frozen/firm.
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Use the Rollers provided. It's fun and easy!
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Trucks with trailers would get stuck. The new cart is as big as a raft trailer. You can just slide your raft onto it at the bottom of the ramp and throw in gear and wheel it across the beach.
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I haven't been there but I have towed a camper through plenty of sand. So I can't imagine my raft trailer causing much problem, from the looks of that picture. Is the sand really that fine?
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It was there last year at this time of year as well. My Ford F250 SD started digging about 20 feet out when I tried to back a trailer out there. My buddy Ken (Wildh2onriver on here) drove his Tacoma out with no problem. Maybe the sand is different this year, but I'd probably try driving out again.
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