Thursday, May 24, 2007

Stoney River

Wednesday May 23rd Scott, Roger, Andy, Dave and I headed up to northern Minnesota by Ely to the Stoney River. The level was at 1'4" on the gauge on the river-right, downstream side of the bridge at the get-in. I don't think that you'd want to run it much lower, the boulder gardens were a pain to pick through, but the 3 major rapids were still fun. There was also some good surf waves, one of which we got all 5 boaters in! The Stoney has a big watershed and stays up longer than most north shore rivers. It has a lot of flatwater, but it's very scenic. The flat water sections open up into big lake-like resevoirs, reminiscent of the boundary waters. It's very remote with lots of exposed lichen covered rock and vast forests. More beta for this run in Northwoods Whitewater.

Andy hits his boof on the first major drop.

Roger probes the box.

Andy styles a falls, the last major drop on the run.

The shuttle.