This is a nice run for novice boaters looking to try out a couple intermediate rapids mixed in with loads of class IIs and easy IIIs, or a nice place for more advanced boaters looking for a relaxed day on the water.
The whitewater is mostly class I-II+ with a sprinkling of easy IIIs and 1 class III-IV rapid near the end. It is possible to catch a glimpse of the tougher rapid from the road during the shuttle, which can be portaged along the right bank.
Bring a snack and enjoy the wildlife, there are nice beaches for a lunch break and small rapids are abundant. Small surf waves present themselves here and there, a couple with good eddy service. Take out at the bridge in Tiller, which has nice descriptions of the wildlife in the area on the upstream crosswalk.
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