The USGS gauge is so far downstream, it may show Kelly as running when the creek has already dropped out. There's a painted gauge at the putin. I asked a friend who paddles Kelly Creek often about his recommended levels on the painted gauge; he replied: "2ish and rising is min, I've run it at 5+, and would do it again, but only with a really strong group. Of course, right now, I wouldn't run it before checking the tree situation." Another friend reported that at 4 ft it was "pretty intense, continuous class III+, two big logs halfway is a mandatory portage".
The two large trees across the creek have been there for some time and have caused some serious incidents.
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