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Lime Kiln to Tipton Ford this weekend

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Planning on getting the yaks out and float from Shoal from Lime Kiln to Tipton Ford Saturday (4.23.15). With any luck we will not get a substantial amount of rain today and tomorrow. That said, discharge is still going be around 550 CF/S. Does anyone have any experience with that stretch and current conditions? Too dangerous? I appreciate the feedback.

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Definitely planned on dropping a line in the water, but mostly to get on the water and see what that stretch of the creek is all about. I haven't been through there for about 10 years now. Thanks for the response.

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Most of it is easy to navigate.

There are a couple of very difficult spots. Always stay right of any splits.

And be aware when floating through the Land of Enchantment. You'll know when you are there as all of the trees are purple. You will be followed from one end of the property to the other. They pack heat too.

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I really appreciate the heads up Chief. I'm pretty sure I recalled where you were talking about and I believe I found the land of enchantment on Google Earth so we will hustle around that bend for sure.

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*Update*

The float was fantastic. Water was moving fast, but perfect for kayaking. The water temp was 45 - 50 degrees and fishing was slow. There was only one treacherous spot that tipped a few of us - tree all the way cross the creek with branches in the water like a drainage catch. This was right after the big 3 way split about 1/2 way.

When you get to the split about half way down, you want to stay towards the middle right. Once in the middle channel it splits again and you can go far left and loop around or take the middle shicane, the right is too tight with logs right now and water is swift so it was difficult to turnaround. I would think that you would want to float this stretch of the the creek when the water is at least 2.5 - 2.75 feet or you may be dragging quite a bit. I would not do this float after mid summer - it would be a long day.

Nothing to report in the land of enchantment. It is so clearly marked we had no trouble avoiding the property and floated right on by. Plenty of places to stop without trespassing, even with the water as high as it was.

This weekend should be choice. The water is starting to slow down and the temp has been rising all week. We will definitely go back and do it again soon.

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