From a comment, 2009: There are two decent rapids on the upper stretch of the river. One is a class III (maybe) called Bacon Falls, which I have found to be best when the river is around 4 1/2. The other is a slide with a pretty decent hole at the bottom. You can also shorten the trip by using the public access at Barger Springs but keep in mind the rapids worth running are on the upper half so if I was going to shorten I would run from Talcott to Barger Springs because there really isn't much after that.
Bacon Falls is the first rapid below Talcott, where the flow channels on the right against a cliff face. At higher flows it can be skirted on the left.
Lindsey Slide is a riverwide slanted ledge that can have strong holes in places. Shallower on river left.
I went to a spot in this section yesterday. It was a slide into a hole pretty much all the across the river. I was told its called linsey falls. It was a pretty cool, chill, park and play spot had easy surfs to catch. To the river left the wave can get low so watch your head if you roll. But river right wave is real fun. I ran it at 3.8.
Tig, I went to Lindsey Falls yesterday. 9.4 on the Alderson gauge. Fun surfing on a really nice green wave and a nice foamie just below it...all with eddy service :)
A good beginner surf 4ft to 8ft+. have not seen the falls over 8ft. seems to get better with bigger flows. around 6-7 ft no longer eddy service. YTC
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