Rene, I just paddled from the bridge on N Renous through to Quarryville last Wednesday July 6th salmon fishing. "Where the river meet's the #108' , do you mean Flat's Landing? A lot of people take out there, and you might come across a nice pool or two on your paddle! I doubt it will take you 3-4 hours, unless you are spending a lot of time fishing or on shore. Have fun!
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Post by Ken Corbett on May 29, 2012 15:13:57 GMT -5
I guess the only way to find out about this stream is to go myself. Let's hope it rains enough this week so we can go in deep water. We'll leave the white stuff for the hair boaters and bring our fishing rods instead. Hope there are some fairly decent spots to camp along the way!
Post by Ken Corbett on May 31, 2012 20:49:53 GMT -5
It's a little frightening when you're about to run a new river. It's doubly scary when you can't find out any information on the stream before you go.
I've searched the internet, checked the message boards, and phoned around to the outfitters for info on this river, the South Renous. No one seems to know a thing about it.
I've seen videos of kayakers on the river, but that was upstream of where I plan to put in. Hairy stuff, from Route 108 down to the Narrows. The stream is steep and narrow where they ran, with ledges and sharp turns in deep ravines.
Our outfitter can get us in on a road that leads to the Narrows pool. I've looked at the aerial fotos, and I can see the rocky white water of the Narrows, but below that the river looks calm, and the topo lines are far between. It looks like we have to haul our boats and gear in the last 600 feet on a washed-out road, but it should be downhill.
It's not too far to the junction of the North and South branches, and I've run that section before, it's pretty mellow. If it's anything like the Dungarvon or Bartholomew which run close by, and which we will be driving over on our way in, it should be a snap. If it's like the North Renous, it'll be swift and rocky ... but I don't think so.
The weatherman is calling for rain, but we're still going. Maybe the clouds will part, and we'll have a glorious run. If the banks of the South Renous are like the banks of the Bartholomew ... alder-choked and wet almost all the way ... we'll be scrambling for a campsite, the first night anyway. There aren't any roads in there that I can see on the topo map, so we should have the river all to ourselves.
If it does rain, we can handle it. Goodness knows we've been there before. We might even get a fishing rod out if the pools look promising. I might even tell you if we catch a panfull or two ... it's been known to happen.
Post by Ken Corbett on Jun 4, 2012 18:20:45 GMT -5
It was cool and windy, but the rain held off.
The river was incredible ... It was incredibly hard to get to the river due to washed out roads and an hour-long huck down a rocky trench. The rapids were fantastic at the upper stretch, and involved lining over five connected drops in a tight rock canyon. The stretch past the canyon involved a patch of shallow waters requiring walking the boats over gravel bars (it didn't rain nearly enough the week before) and finally deep enough water to enjoy our paddle in an area with no traces of human impact. The lower Renous down to Quarryvile was big and windy, but it didn't rain. I woudn't normally have canoed this lower stretch, but we three brothers wanted to be out two nights.
I'll write it up more thoroughly later. In a nutshell, I wouldn't out and out recommend the upper South Branch river to folks unless they were ready and able to push their bodies to the limit, then alert enough to catch the eddy above the unrunnable canyon. If you miss the eddy right after the pitch above the canyon, injury is inevitable, and there are no roads into this protected area to go for help.
Looking at your pictures, did you guys put in on the little south branch renous? If so you came out just below the narrows? That looks like it would be real interesting with another foot or so of water. Nice pics!
Post by Ken Corbett on Jun 5, 2012 15:27:30 GMT -5
That's right, we pushed our boats down the little south branch. It would have been too steep and twisty to float down even if the water had been higher. If we had crossed the little south and followed the trail to the main stream, we would have put in above the Narrows and come to grief. As it was, the little south led us directly to the foot of the Narrows pool.
Post by Ken Corbett on Jun 13, 2012 11:05:03 GMT -5
They were five or six sharp drops only feet apart, over and up against rock walls, twisted and unrunnable. I said unrunnable. I was fortunate to stop above them, as I noticed my bros pulled over in a micro-eddy bailing after taking water in the rapids above.
It was a gas running the drops upstream, but we only had a couple of strokes warning coming around a sharp turn and seeing the staircase in front of us.
Oh, I'm sure some hellbent hair-boater would want to run them, but as long as I'm not there to have to carry him out.