Chena River Trip
I am planning a Canoe/Kayak float with the family from the Granite Tors bridge mile 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road all the way down to say Pikes Restaurant. I'm planning on 7 full 10 hour days on the river starting over Memorial Day. I've never done any travel on the Chena east of the Dam out at Chena Lakes.
How difficult is it to portage around the dam? Anything I need to watch out for there?
Any other things I need to watch out for? Any suggestions/info would be appreciated!
Christien & Shelbye
No worries on the flood control project. It's not actually a dam, it's just a gate, so you can canoe right under it. There may be a couple small log jams that need portaged around but nothing that can't be easily done. There are however plenty of sweepers, so everybody needs to awake and paying attention. I'd recommend at least one experienced paddler in every boat on the upper Chena. As you get closer to N. Pole it slows down and becomes really slow and easy.
If you do 10 hr days you will be at Pikes in about 3 days +/- using a canoe, so you've given yourself plenty of time. If you want to stretch it out, the upper end of the river is way nicer that the bottom end. I especially like the area between Rosebud and Grange Hall. If you spend some time sampling the grayling holes, I imagine it would be a very nice five day trip, but seven would be a stretch.
Awesome thanks for the info!
Suggestions on tackle for those graylings? I've always used a red lewer called a rooster tail that looks somewhat like a fly with a small spoon on it. Seems to work fairly good but I'm going to heading to the store and wanted to pickup a couple of other options.
This should be a fun trip!
When I go after grayling with a canoe I tend to troll as I go. For that I use a blue or yellow rooster tail or a blue and silver Fox spinner.