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    Default Boating on the Little Susitna

    I am contemplating taking my 16' skiff w/ a 40hp long shaft prop and heading upstream on the Little Susitna from the lower boat launch ramp off of ayrshire road. I've never been on the lil' sue before as I am fairly new to the area and am wondering if it is a shallow-water drainage or would a propped boat be fine running in it? Any help would be appreciated, I am wanted to explore some territory for an antlerless moose permit this fall...any ideas?

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    Have heard that downstream from the put in is deep after the first bend....haven't done it myself, but plan to with a 40hp prop on a zodiac.

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    Yeah, I've heard that too; however, the unit i'm hunting in is bounded by the parks highway, the little su and ayrshire/kinik-goose bay rd so I'd be looking at heading upstream. I just don't want to have to make the drive out there just to find out the furtherest upstream I can go is a couple hundred yards...

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    Little sue gets shallow upstream just a few corners from the launch. Some props go up but they don't make it very far.

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    IMO - The Little Su is not a place to be fighting shallow water with a prop. Too many boats, too little river, too many blind corners. When you get past the reef a mile downstream, it is not to bad, but still can put you on the wrong side in a bad corner with oncoming traffic. Upstream, you might make it a mile, but traffic is less (usually).

    Mike

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    Wish I could draw that darn tag! I could have filled it 4-5 times a day last year.... If you know the area reasonably well it is a better full freezer guarantee than a quest card! I would definitely lose the little su with a prop idea though.

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    upstream in the fall is pretty shallow a jet is the way to go.
    you could float it from houston down.

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    Default Jet Country

    Don't try it. It's shallow, rocky, full of hidden little "surprises". If you'd be considering a float trip, leave the outboard in the garage, get a drop off in Willow and drift/float/oar your way down to the Burma Rd. ( or Ayrshire ) ramp. You'll at least be able to float the majority of the time, and then you can get out and pull it across any bars ( wear waders ). Just remember, there will be probably be a lot of sweepers coming down if it's raining heavily, so be ready paddle hard .

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    Default Sorry!

    Sorry, the drop off would be in Houston, not Willow... Shoulda proof read

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