Kichatna River - experiences?
I'm considering running the Kichatna River and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with it. I've got a 16' jon boat with a 50 jet and I'm wondering how far I could make it up in a run in mid-September. I understand that water levels in this area tend to drop quickly as you start getting later and later into the fall. In your experiences,
- How far can you typically make it up?
- Are there big rocks or logjams that can cause issues?
- Is it a particularly difficult river to read/judge?
- Does it flow particularly fast?
- Are there any other considerations that I'm not taking into account?
Its easy to read, log jams are an issue farther up, getting through the first 2-3 miles looks like the toughest part for a ways, at least from the air it looks that way. Larry heater has taken one of his landing crafts up there a ways before, so it can be done, but he says the corners are a little tight for a 30 foot landing craft. There is a gold mine project at the first big creek confluence, and they regularly boat in. The current moves at a decent clip, about willow creek speed.