The small rapid, Gunnison, has a large tree and root ball at bottom of rapid. While it is possible to skirt past this on river left, the root ball and upper tree branches block most of river right, center, and a bit of river left flow. Root ball is dangerously undercut. A swim or uncontrolled boat from practicing/learning skills in Gunnison or an unsuspecting recreational kayaker would not be good. The root ball is large enough that it would require some serious saw work to move/remove, or it is likely here until the next high water event.
Poole Rd Access is open again. Parking is improved but the launch/access to the water remains the same.
Gunnison Rapid was a fun begineer rapid @ 170 CFS.
Gunnisons rapid is fun from about 200 cfs to about 2000 cfs. You can take the right line at higher flows, the center line at medium flows, and the left line at lower flows. If you enjoy this enough to do over again, take out on river left and walk back the 150 yards or so via a well worn trail. Take out is easy, but put in above the rapids can be difficult and muddy.
At times muscrat are rampant in this area, with about 20 seen during one run.
7 years ago
by Hank Stroup
Please also see Crabtree Creek at US 1 for additional flow into this section.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Old Milburnie Dam
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