Mid to late July is not late season. 2.3 can kick your butt if you aren't used to technical boating. Having seen it a few times I try not to get stuck until it gets down to 1.8 or below. Don't bring cast iron dutches. Wear fingerless gloves. It is a very, relatively easy level all through July usually but busy on the top.
I have a 17 foot raft and regularly go the end of September at 1.5 to 1.7 range. That is late season and yes I do get stuck. Some.
Figure a minimum of three to four miles per hour. It's not hard to make your mileage this time of year. Day one go easy. Then up your mileage. Have a blast.
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