Post by liquidmonkey on May 4, 2009 6:44:42 GMT -5
Ran on Saturday, May 2.
It was at 12 inches on the pier at the put in. Real good level, as far as I'm concerned.
One Riverwide sweeper on a right turn (beach on right) followed closely by a left turn. Anybody who has canoed this river can probably guess where this sweeper and spot is.
One boat almost made it through the left side at the falls (if only we could have missed that last wave in the flow out). The other canoe lost a man about 10 feet above the falls drop and then the canoe and sternman went down through backwards without getting a drop of water in. Bravo.
I was out to pick up a lost (forgotten) article at the falls on Sunday and ran into a friend who had just come through and said the level was at 4" when they put in on Sunday.
Ran the Tay today May 9 with dbradford. Water was at the pier level, maybe an inch over. What a wonderful run, it was just passable in 11ft kayaks. I don't think i'd use a canoe at this level, lots bouncing off rocks and scraping, but as a training ground for learning to dodge rocks it was perfect. Moved a little slower than some descriptions i've read here (about 6 hours including beverage, lunch, portage breaks). But what amazing scenery, eagle, eagle yearling, mink. This was my first run on this stream and I think it's an absolute gem. Derek bounced off a rock going over the falls river left but held it, I crashed right through the middle and my wimpy little nylon skirt held (though the lumbar was bent down, and I took on a small amount of water) and so I floated right on through before I even realized that this was the famous Tay Falls that has claimed so many canoes. Turning around to look back at it, it really is a pretty sight to behold, the YouTube videos taken from above don't do it justice. I realize I'm gushing here, but I hope anybody who hasn't put in the effort to make this run will someday soon. At the level we did it, it's a wonderful place to learn your kayak's quirks and test the strength of your spray skirt. Notes: Durham gauge 18.6 and dropping fast, Middle Nasis Stream 0.6 and dropping, Air Temperature 22C, Water I'd guess at 6-8C. Total distance on water 22.5km. Sweeper/portage coordinates N46.13.220 W66.47.479, Falls coordinates N46.12.172 W66.40.917. I bet this would be a different experience in early April with 18in over the pier and the air and water freezing cold.
It was a beautiful run and a perfect day weather-wise. I very much doubt many more will be running this river without some serious rain, unless they don't mind a little pushing and pulling. I would love to do this run again with about another foot of water. The falls were beautiful and fun to drop through, and the rest of the run was nice with almost no still water. Thanks for a great day of paddling Ryan. I guess it's time to retire the yak and get the canoe ready for some overnighter trips with my girls...they are getting jealous.
Sounds like a fun trip dbradford and ryanward10! I ran the lower half of the Tay a few years ago with my very new father in-law. We came around a bend and he violently ducked to avoid an overhanging tree and we then went for an early season swim. Let's just say we haven't been canoeing since.