Lower Eagle River Hazard Below Dead Cow Rapid
Below Dead Cow rapid
Two corners later
So, after Dead Cow there is a sweeping left hand corner followed by a sweeping right hand corner, and as you get a first look down that straight it appears as if there is a river wide log jam. I went left, as I know there is another channel that opens up left of an island there ( though I've never been down that channel, so it may not be clean ) but as I got closer there is lots of room left of the log jam. There may be a channel to the right as well, but from upstream I could see some smaller branches sticking up.
It appears as if the log jam is 4 large tree root-balls that have been cut off about 6 feet up the trunk, three of them were standing straight up and it is a solid wall in the middle of the river. When you first see it, there appears to be a huge tree all the way from river left out to those stumps, so it's looks as if this is river wide log jam, however it's a bit of an optical illusion, that old silver/grey tree trunk is on the head and shore of the island.
It's pretty freaky when you first see it. Currently ( Saturday 13 May ) it's OK to run, BUT, it may shift. When it does shift, it's likely - but not guaranteed - that those stumps will not block the river completely, but stay alert.