Put in: River Side Campground where there is an improved boat ramp built for fly fishermen but usable by anybody. The boat ramp is at the upstream end of the campground. Parking is free.
Take out: Hatchery Ford Road. There is a sign off the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway that is signed Hatchery Ford Road. It is also signed forest service road 351. If you follow 351 all the way down to the river there is a boat ramp with ample free parking and a bathroom. This is also the put in for the Mesa Falls run.
From mile 4.5 to 5.5 is Pinball Alley. This rapid is so named for the many rocks. However, there are lots of great surf waves as well. The last half mile is a calm float.
Ran this on June 6 the gauge read 800. Not too many rocks and easily got a 14 foot boat down it. No wood.
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