Pine River - N Sportsman Dr to Silver Creek State Forest campground Aug 11, 2012

Finally got a chance to paddle the Pine River. Every time we are planning to do this river something comes up that makes us miss it. The last time I was on it was in a canoe almost 30 years ago. But today we made it work out, and I'm glad that it did.
It was a near perfect day with temperatures in the low 70s, a slight breeze, and mostly clear skies. A couple of days of rain kept the water levels high. The river is narrow, winding, and has a very strong current. There are lots of sharp turns and shallow areas that need to be avoided, but there were no portages necessary. Because of the popularity of the river, it is pretty much kept clear of fallen trees.
 Because the river is so narrow and winding, and there are so many shallow spots, places to pass other kayaks are few, and  I got stuck in the middle of the pack for a long time. It also made photo opportunities hard to come by.
I tried the Old Town Loon kayak I bought off craigslist for my Vicki. It paddles much nicer than the Future Beach she had been using. Maybe she will be able to join me more often with this one since it is so much easier to paddle.
There are a lot of riffles and small rapids for much of the way, and very few houses or cottages. Beautiful hardwood and pine forests line the banks, although most of it is private property.
Saw an eagle's nest, but no sign of the eagles. Other wildlife was scarce, too.

We are scheduled to do the lower sections of the river in September. Hopefully it will work out. It definitely is a river we need to paddle again.

Miles paddled today: 10.8. Year to date: 173.25

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