GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. We scouted this run at low water and would NOT recommend it to anyone. The whitewater section is very short and at the top end of the run. Fish habitat restoration efforts have placed man-made strainers at regular intervals throughout the run which is mostly class I-II with meanders. The man-made strainers consist of 2-4 logs with rootballs midstream, anchored together to a rock with cable, usually one on each side of the river creating an S-turn. There is a riverwide wire fence above the short whitewater section. There is a fish dam in the lower section. And that 54ft/mile gradient seems like a hallucination: looks flatter than that to me.
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