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WARNING: THESE PAGES ARE BASED ON A BOOK THAT IS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD. THE RIVER CHANGES. BRIDGES CHANGE. ROADS CHANGE. OUR HOPE IS TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AS WE LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES.

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SECTION 7

OVERALL DROP: 2.2'

DIFFICULTY: 0

HAZARDS: Low water bridge and boulders in the river

SECTION 7 LENGTH: 9 miles

PUT-IN: Bridge at Armstrong Loop / Center Springs Rd. (see map below).

The put-in is on the left downstream side of the bridge. It's a short (about 20 foot) carry to the vehicles. This carry will be extremely slippery if it's wet. Parking is very limited, but there is room to get completely off the road. If you prefer you can unload, then drive about 50 yards further and park on a paved road, but if you do, then park well to the side. The last 1/2 mile of road to the put-in is on a sharp slope and will present problems if it's muddy.

This section is a little faster moving than Section 6 because of the width of the river.  Its 75 foot put-in width necks down to about 50 feet and holds this to the take-out. 

The water level can be read on the marks at the Shoal Creek put-in (See Section 5 or 6).  This map was made at a reading of about 1.2, and you can easily float the section at this level.

The banks in this section are earth, fairly overgrown, and about 15 feet high.  From the bridge at Armstrong Loop (marked Vaughns Bridge on the map) to Deans Ferry Bridge they are usually low, with a few small hills scattered along and one set of 20-30 foot bluffs at mile 3.  Below Deans Ferry Bridge the first 3/4 mile on your right is pasture, but after that the shoreline is more rugge and frequently has a bank, a flat area, and then a line of hills that are sharper and steeper than the upstream four miles.

The strip mines, once visible from the river along this section have been reclaimed and the mining has moved toward the east. The stripped area at mile 7 3/4 is the only danger spot on this run (if you've read the low water bridge warning under Section 6).  Five foot high boulders have rolled into the water here, and you will have to snake your way through them.  At water levels of 2.5 and up they could create a maneuvering problem as well as serve as a foundation for a logjam.

Despite the strip mines, the ride is very pretty and peaceful  The few shoals are small, either about a 12 inch elevation drop, and the shallows are not so shallow as to offer problems.  The two islands just before mile 1 should be run on the left for the first one,  on the right for the second one.  The island shown at mile 6 is not an island except at a water level of 3.0 or better.  Run to the left of it in any event.

There are a few rock formations and cliffs along the river.  all of them relatively low and most of them back off the bank except those at mile 3 and just below Deans Ferry Bridge.  The highest bluffs are about 50 feet tall on your left at about mile 4 3/4, and off the river.

TAKE-OUT: At Warrior-Trafford Road, the take-out is disconcerting-looking, but isn't as bad as it looks.  Take out on your left about 100 yards upstream from the bridge.  You'll have about a 100 yard carry up a trail with a 20 degree slope to the dirt road running under the bridge.  The trail is good and so is the dirt road, but the road will be slippery if it's wet, so you'd better check before driving down it.

 


Section 7 Map





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