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    After a couple of fun, short runs in the lower reaches of the Knik, I took a teenage family friend to the glacier. The run up was very easy. Never hit bottom and it was always easy to pick the main channel. Bumped bottom lightly on the way down after picking the wrong route. Nothing serious. Was a cloudy day but we really didn't get rained on. I felt like it was an easy run and a great river for a new boater to learn on. Easy river but you do have to pay attention and read the water and for most of the run, you are within walking distance of a road. We ate lunch at the glacier an then came back. I'm running an 18-ft Lowe with a 48-in beam with a 60/40 evinrude on the back. We launched from the Old Glenn bridge and it took approximately 1h 45min to 2 hours to make it to the glacier and almost exactly an hour to get back. We burned approximately 13 or 14 gallons. My DeLorme in reach said we averaged about 15 mph on the way up and about 22 mph on the way down. Had a great trip. I'll try to post some pictures - I always have trouble getting them to work on this forum.

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    See if this works, I created an album in my profile and pasted the link below:

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...p?albumid=2596

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    Awesome, I hope to get up there one more time this year

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    Thanks for posting. If the wx continues to stay like it has been maybe we can get a few more weekends on the river.
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    Heck, im alway comfortable runin that river with Mel on account a he always brings somethings that will get us home safely should any troubles arrise. Mel, when is yur next free open Saturday OR Sunday to take a ride up to the knik glacier? Im sure we can find a couple flat bottom, skinny river runin, jet boats to go with us. Ha Ha Ha... Just an idier... Id b will to go I recon...
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    Let me know when yall are doing this, if I am back in state I will go.
    Oh and my winch is fixed, just in case.

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    Drop me a line as well if you decide to make a run. I moved to Kenai about a month ago and I'm going through withdrawals with my boat in storage up in the valley since I can't run it down here.

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    I'd love to join as well. I'm pretty new to running rivers, and have only been up 20 mile so far. Would love to meet up and learn from those more experienced. I'm running a 16' Lowe riveted with old 2 stroke merc jet.

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    I'm down for a run this coming weekend if the wx stays like it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the fisher View Post
    Heck, im alway comfortable runin that river with Mel on account a he always brings somethings that will get us home safely should any troubles arrise. Mel, when is yur next free open Saturday OR Sunday to take a ride up to the knik glacier? Im sure we can find a couple flat bottom, skinny river runin, jet boats to go with us. Ha Ha Ha... Just an idier... Id b will to go I recon...
    Hey just got back from L48. I'm game to make a run up the Knik if others are going. I'll probably just bring the Outback with the Spj so we might need Mike to bring that winch.
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    Let's do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielApplin View Post
    Let's do it!
    How's Sunday sound Dan?
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    If you guys have room I'd love to run my boat with you guys. Have done it quite a few times this year. Been a couple weeks though.

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    I already planned to be there Saturday around 10am, anyone is welcome to run with us,

    Mel I would go Sunday but already planned on Saturday, I might go out again though

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielApplin View Post
    I already planned to be there Saturday around 10am, anyone is welcome to run with us,

    Mel I would go Sunday but already planned on Saturday, I might go out again though
    Cant make Saturday. Let me know if you decide to go Sunday.
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    What time are you guys planning to run tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 375ultramag View Post
    What time are you guys planning to run tomorrow?
    Going to have to pass. Wasn't able to get my car repair completed today and have to finish it tomorrow.
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