Immediately below the put-in at Copper Cr. bridge, there are some fun small rapids. After these opening rapids, the river leaves the road and calms down for some gentle floating with the occassional small rapid. This section has some great forest scenery and a nice sense of isolation. The pace picks back up again as the river bends back towards the road which remains high above the river. Dungeon Rapid, which can be seen from the road on the way up to the put-in, consists of some steep waves and fast current as the river bends hard to the left and then flushs between a pinch at the bottom of the rapid.
From here, the pace remains quick as several more fun, steep rapids precede Lightning Lonnie, the biggest drop on the run. There are some good eddies and slow water on the left for scouting Lightning Lonnie. There are several good lines, all of which are fun.
Below Lightning Lonnie are more fun, classy rapids with small ledges and good waves as the river enters a small gorge. The road is never too far from the river on the right but boaters will hardly notice as they enjoy this fun section of rapids.
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