First off, are you a rafter or a yaker? When you say beginner, have they been in their boats at all? Do they have a roll?
Either way, it's not much of a beginner run @ these flows.
Hard to remember specific rapids, but it is definitely continuous and not all that forgiving.
You'll be hard pressed to find eddies, the water is cruisin!
Most importantly, I would say, be heads up on the dam.
You'll see a distant horizon line and just upstream the landowners on river right have no trespassing signs, which makes it hard to scout.
Make sure you go river right @ the dam and I would get back in center as your making your way down the drop.
Most of this run is read and run.
But I think the dam is Sketchy! and you should know that someone drowned there last year.
Definitely not trying to scare you, just want you to be equipped to make an informed decision.
Thanks for the heads up and for reminding me to have a more structured post next time. Was thinking of bringing kayakers, with experience on moving water (Pueblo Dam to play park) but still working on perfecting rolls. Appreciate the information, thank you!
I've done several trips on the "Milk Run" this season. There is definitely a diiference between the BV town run and JV down. BV falls and the dam drop are generally too difficult for beginners, especially at these flows. However, putting in at the Wilderness Aware ramp makes for a more pleasant trip. I like to run down to Ruby Mountain when I do it with beginners because you get a little more mild action between there and Fisherman's Bridge. I took a group of 4 first time Kansas duckiers through there with 4 safety kayakers a couple of weeks ago at around 3500 and other than a couple of flips in the first half mile, the only problems we had were people trying to eddie into tree branches and brush. I would suggest Salida East to Rincon or Stone Bridge to Salida as better first time runs (only because of the trees).
MJ Kayak, glad to hear some more Arkansans are coming this way. I learned to paddle at Rockport and just moved out here a few years ago. Meeting up with Fish tomorrow...if you're from Ft Smith you probably know him. Anyway, get in touch and we can do some boating...Drew J.
If you put in at JV the first quarter mile or so is class II+ at least at high water. You really jump into the most difficult part of the run at the at the put in which might intimidate them. After that it mellows considerably. I'd second going down to Ruby rather than talking out at Fisherman's, it's good class II+ boogie water, fun waves, eddies to practice on, non threatening swims.
It's probably called the Milk rum because it is the easiest stretch between Bv and Browns. The Milk Run sounds pretty friendly, eh?
Not to drag your thread another direction, but I'll throw this out to you...
Another good stretch for beginners is the Stone Bridge to Big Bend stretch just north of Salida. Squaw Creek is the only "rapid" of note on the whole run. Lots of opportunity to work on catching eddies as well.
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