An alternative is to paddle the gorge then once you come to the confluence of the New Haven paddle up that a short distance (slow current) then hike a few hundred feet on a path on river left which brings you to a parking lot and Dog Team rapid. There is a class III 6ft waterfall with class II small ledges below it just up the road. This also makes shuttle much less however paddling upstream does get tiring.
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
9 years ago
Above 2000 cfs the gorge becomes more interesting and probably class 4. Has been run at least up to 4000 cfs
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