Great day on the Branch
Posted by Erik on 3/18/2012, 6:03 am, in reply to "Branch River Ice-(?!?)-Breaker, Sat. March 17"
Had a good time yesterday on the Branch River – 4 polers (Mike, Tommy, Jeff, and me), 1 solo canoe (Jim), 1 tandem canoe (Kevin and his son Nate), 1 kayak (Patrick) and 1 tandem kayak paddled solo (Rich). Temperatures were in the 60’s, and the water level was low - 95 cfs. on the Forestdale gage. We ran the shuttle and were on the river by 11:00. |
The small rapid at the put-in was unrunnable due to the low water, so we all put in a little further downstream. That pretty much set the tone for the day. The flatwater sections were shallow. The quickwater sections were boney. The drops were unrunnable – except for Patrick who did mange to bounce his way down all three in his short kayak.
In spite of the low water, we all had a good time. We took a nice break for lunch at the Oakland Dam. Rich spent some time poling his tandem kayak – a new convert? We pulled into the take-out around 3:30 after another great day.
Few pictures here:
Hopefully, Jim will post his pictures as well.