Ok, how many of you have ever canoed the Kenai from Sportsman's (Russian Ferry area) to Jim's Landing? I've done this multiple times with my wife and several friends as well. I have a "well-used" 18' Mad River Kevlar 49. Always wear PFD's and have the basic knowledge of how to navigate a canoe around bends and rollers to avoid sweepers and gravel bars etc.
I was on a trip this week on my second day fishing for Reds on a gravel bar and a Fish and Wildlife Officer voiced concern for having a canoe on the river. Had "heard about me" the previous day and wanted to ask how I found running the river in a canoe. Seemed worried and nervous. I explained my experience level (not a Whitewater Guide but also not a beginner) and he just said to be careful.
Needless to say, that encounter concerned the wife.
Never had any close calls nor felt like it was dangerous but maybe ignorance is bliss. Anyone else have experience or thoughts on this?