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    Default American Creek Float

    Thinking about doing a freelance float on American Creek in early August for 7 days. We have floated the Goodnews and the N. Fork of the Koyukuk the last two years and was wondering how difficult American Creek's waters are. We are moderate paddlers, experienced outdoorsman and fisherman. Just wondering if we are biting off more than we can chew with the paddling. How difficult are the falls to navigate in the upper canyon. Also, how important is choosing the right braids on the lower river. Is a lot of portaging required? How were the water levels and Rainbow fishing last year in early August? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Tight Lines,
    Andrew
    Baton Rouge, LA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba 1 View Post
    Thinking about doing a freelance float on American Creek in early August for 7 days. We have floated the Goodnews and the N. Fork of the Koyukuk the last two years and was wondering how difficult American Creek's waters are. We are moderate paddlers, experienced outdoorsman and fisherman. Just wondering if we are biting off more than we can chew with the paddling. How difficult are the falls to navigate in the upper canyon. Also, how important is choosing the right braids on the lower river. Is a lot of portaging required? How were the water levels and Rainbow fishing last year in early August? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Tight Lines,
    Andrew
    Baton Rouge, LA
    American Creek in Katmai is one of my favorite river trips. Last year's 7 day Brown Bear photo safari was in early August... Water levels are often very low this stretch of the summer making not many rafters, peak Brown Bear viewing and non-stop aggressive fish-on.

    It is also a time-line trending volatile/unpredictable/major changes in weather patterns and extreme fluctuations of water levels...

    --- Not the best place to be (not necessarily in order a-d)
    a.) if wilderness skills in Alaska are so-so
    b.) teamwork or physical conditioning is not par for the course
    c.) your equipment selections are not really good gear... with load in the optimal weight-ranges.
    d.) skills are mostly flatwater/slow-moving rivers with no technical sections or hazardous obstructions.

    Another big-time best bet for 1st time success:
    1.) good intel like GPS coordination for known/routine hazards and camps
    2.) a trip planner w/ solid logistics
    3.) excellent gear w/ right boat choices, camping equipment, etc.
    4.) proper rout-finding the incised canyon rapids and the lower river's wooded/jammed-up braids, etc.

    I do highly recommend this trip. - however a caution - You'll wish to keep in mind, American Creek is complete departure from your previous trips... much more demanding than gentle flows, but worth it in every way.

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    Brian, Thanks.
    Our team is still cautiously optimistic on going. We are wrestling with American Creek or Marsh Fork/ Canning river in ANWR. Any thoughts...

    We are considering catching Air Taxi with Van from Branch River and renting self bailers from AK raft & Kayak with Evert's sending cargo. May we reach out to you later in July to get a h20 report and possibly steer us in the right direction regarding the lower river's braids and hazard's. What dates do you have trip's going down the American?

    Also, what rivers would you consider as a backup in Katmai if we arrive & the h2o is too low. Solitude, scenery, Class II-III & 60 miles or less, & possibly "non-stop aggressive fish-on!"

    Best.
    Andrew

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    Been workin' on boats and row frames all day... just finishing up this eve. Please give a call - I'll be happy to speak with you about American Creek and several good contingency river trips.

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