We went from Peters Ford to Brewster on 6/29/18 it was at about 2300 cfs. There was one class II, nice run. I have done it much lower and this was much better!
We ran from Gatewood Bridge to Brewster Bridge in tandem open canoes (17' Old Town Tripper, and a 16' Old Town Discovery) back in 2002. To this day, that was maybe my favorite stream I've ever run. Beautiful, remote, and frequent Class II rapids that were fun but not dangerous or scary. It was running about 600 cfs which was perfect.
Write up from MLK Paddle - Pick up Trip - 1-17-11 courtesy of D. Luinstra/TVCC 1/18/11, posted here by realheavyd (D. Smith/TVCC)
6 miles of the upper Clear Fork River, (Peter's Bridge to Brewster Bridge) ~260
CFS and holding at the Burnt Mill gauge 20 miles downstream of Peters Bridge
the put in. Needs more water ~ 500 CFS would be much better.
low 40s no sun, zero rapids, One gravel bar I miss read and had to wade about
There were lots of ice bars in the eddies, and all paddled up on them to break
them. The fun lasted for probably 1/2 mile, then we just ignored them.
A couple of times there were river wide ice sheets, just a few feet of breaking
About 1.5 miles from the takeout was a huge pool, and the ice breaking was
serious, several 100+ yard ice sheets to break.
I had a good time, good to just get out.
Let us say the Ice Breaker L'edge was not effective, the small bore, short
stroke, low revving, one cylinder is definitely lacking in torque and HP.
It seems to be lacking in both traction and control, spinning needlessly,
emitting noisy & vile emissions (unwanted perturbation to a wanted signal). (^;
I played with the Garmin GPS. I set it to navigate to the takeout "off road"
and used the trip meter.
Knowing the run was about 6 miles and the distance traveled was helpful.
Also the guessing how far we had paddled was enlightening. The guesses were all close, within a quarter mile after 3 miles.
The trip accomplished what I wanted, safe easy paddle and just out for the day.
Added by D. Smith: At this low level (bare minimum and not recommended, by the way), there was really only one actual "rapid" of note and the rest of the run was pretty much all class I flat water. I will try to post the video of me in my solo canoe on that "rapid".
We ran the upper portion on the same day the teenagers and other guy went I believe. We saw them at Peter's Ford where we took out. We were there on Sat. April 11th though.We also were planning to run Brewster to Burnt Mill but figured the upper section would be calmer since it's only rated Class 1-2. Boy was we wrong! The section we ran (Gatewood to Peters) at 2400cfs now had several class 3 (3+) which some were really technical trying to guide our tandem inflatable kayak through. We also encountered 2 river wide strainers which had to be portaged on river right. They were in places where the current was very strong. I would highly recommend scouting anywhere you see whitewater and can't see around the bend! I'm sure this would be a beautiful run at lower flows, however, we didn't have time for scenery; we were too busy preparing for the next rapid. I believe this run is approximately 6 miles from Gatewood to Peters Bridge. We'll probably try again at MUCH lower flows.
We ran a portion of this section on April 10, 2009. We had planned to run Brewster Bridge to Burnt Mill, but heavy rains had pushed the Robbins gauge up to 2400 cfs. Five teenage boys and an old fart seemed a little risky. Put-in at Peters Bridge. Great water level for this group and this section. Fun, but not overwhelming. Excellent scenery, big boulders in river, rockhouses, bluffs and the occassional rapid. Great trip!
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Snow boulders on Clear Fork - 01/17/11
Ice breaking party - 01/17/11
Ice curtains on Clear Fork between Peters bridge and Brewster bridge on 01/17/11
Near put in at Peters bridge 01/17/2011
Harry Tutor running the Funnel on Clear Fork River
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