This can also be a run - starting on the eastern side at the town of Bainbridge. Called the Haldeman Riffles, there are 5 class 2 ledges, and some nice surfing at one well before the bridge. The Wave can easily be avoided by taking any of the other river chutes making a nice class 2 run for beginners, but just about anyone should be able to go straight through it, as long as you do not have an open deck boat.
The Wave is located in the bridge chute left of the largest abutment on the river left (seventh tunnel from the river left edge). The island on its left is a nice spot for a break.
Take out on river left at - River Front Park. The last mile is flat water. The river flow really slows after the bridge all the way to Chickies Rock (another 4 miles downstream/lake).
At levels above 4.1 or so, you have to start from the eddy on river left of the wave to catch it...which means you have to basically walk up the island beside that eddy and ferry out into it...surf the wave, and try to slip back into the eddy.
Anything below 4.0 is easy to catch though
The wave is very hard to catch in a short, spud boat @ 4.1. It's difficult to get across the eddy line and over the green on river right and into the pile without getting flushed. The word is that at 3.9 it's a little easier to catch in a short boat. Bob's S8 did well @ 4.1 so bring your fast boat.
Perfect level is 4.0'.
In the winter, the gauge reading is not always accurate due to ice on the river upstream of the wave. This portion of the river at the wave, stays ice free almost every winter.
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The Wave - 10/28/13
Surfing the Wave 2
Surfing the Wave
Another Wave Photo!
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