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  • Upper Kenai Logjam GONE!!

    Well folks,

    A few weeks ago a bunch of us went down and dealt with the jam on the upper Kenai. We were able to cut the main cottonwood out of there, and a number of other logs that were pinned in it. There is still one large cottonwood that is underwater, which we were not able to get to, so it is possible that something could get pinned under it and cause trouble, but right now it is free.

    Someone else got there before us and tried to cut it out, but they lacked a saw with a long enough bar. One of the guys in our group brought a Stihl with a 36" bar on it (I think it said "Binford" on the side!), and made short work of the situation.

    Keep in mind that the river could still jam on the submerged log or elsewhere. Caution is always in order whenever you are floating swift, narrow, blind channels!

    We have a short article coming out on that in the newsletter, which should be hitting your inbox today. Also be sure to check out the details on the Alaska Raft and Kayak site, complete with photos.

    And yes, we did have the permission and blessing of the authorities; it was coordinated by Tracey Harmon at Alaska Raft and Kayak. Kudos to ARK for getting 'er done!

    Regards,

    -Mike

    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (907) 229-4501

  • #2
    Thx

    !! You The Man !!

    dennis
    Imagine (It's easy if you try)
    …miles and miles of mountains…wide expanses of tundra...remote wild waters…
    (Whisper words of wisdom) Let It Be

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    • #3
      Thank you

      A big thanks to all of you for getting it removed. I was just in AK raft 20 minutes ago and spoke with Tracey. I wish I had know about this so i could have thanked him personally.

      I was looking for some advice on getting my zippers restitched on my toons. As usual tracey send me to the right place. Alaska Tent and Tarp. Restitching for both tubes both side of zippers around 100 bucks. So if anyone needs stitch work down that is the place to go.
      Grandkids, Making big tough guys hearts melt at first sight

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      • #4
        YEAH! Thanks

        Mike and Tracy as always thanks for all you do and have done.

        Keep up the great work.


        Moose-O

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        • #5
          Awesome work guys. What a log jam that was. Lots of people will be safer due to your efforts. Thanks!
          The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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          • #6
            Hey Dan, It is on a channel I never have floated. I will point it out to you when we float togehter. It can ger petty hairy in that channel
            Grandkids, Making big tough guys hearts melt at first sight

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            • #7
              Thank you for removing that sucker!

              I was really dreading that someone was going to get injured or killed in there.

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              • #8
                This will be my first year to float the Kenai on my own boat, so it is good that it is out of the way.

                I have heard some people weren't happy about this logjam being removed. Seems like not everyone shares the same opinion as most on this board.

                Something about novices with no business going down that braid, ruining fish habitat and so forth. Anyone else feel this way?

                I am a novice so I have no problem with it, just curious what you guys think.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Xanfly View Post
                  This will be my first year to float the Kenai on my own boat, so it is good that it is out of the way.

                  I have heard some people weren't happy about this logjam being removed. Seems like not everyone shares the same opinion as most on this board.

                  Something about novices with no business going down that braid, ruining fish habitat and so forth. Anyone else feel this way?

                  I am a novice so I have no problem with it, just curious what you guys think.
                  I'm sure what you say is true, about some people not liking the jam removed. I had not heard that yet, but I expected to. To me it is the same thing as moving a boulder that had rolled into a road. Is it habitat? Probably to some degree. Do humans have the right to move it out of their way? I think so, in the interest of safety. Note that I am not a "slash and burn" outdoorsman; I won't cut a tree down for campfire wood and prefer not to use a saw at all for firewood collecting. Instead, we break branches up for wood. But I have no problem using a chainsaw for cutting out snags, sweepers and jams on rivers. For me the dividing line is safety.

                  This does not mean I support paving Alaska, putting sidewalks along all our rivers, or somehow "taming" the wilderness. I just think we had a dangerous situation on the most popular river in the state, and it needed to go before someone lost their life in it.

                  -Mike
                  Michael Strahan
                  Site Owner
                  Alaska Hunt Consultant
                  1 (907) 229-4501

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                  • #10
                    This one needed to be moved. If it was in an area that could be seen before you went down the channel and knew it was unsafe that is one thing. This one was just around a bend in fast current in a narrow channel. It is very very lucky no one was killed on that briad. this is one of those times that for the safety of all of us on the river it should of been and was removed.

                    Thanks again to Mike and Tracy and the guys
                    Grandkids, Making big tough guys hearts melt at first sight

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by alaskachuck View Post
                      Hey Dan, It is on a channel I never have floated. I will point it out to you when we float togehter. It can ger petty hairy in that channel

                      Can't wait Chuck. The wife and I sure appreciate the invite
                      The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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                      • #12
                        I'm glad it is gone. I tried to organize something together to take it out and I got like 20 reponses on how and why I shouldn't. So I just prayed....you guys are angels

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for taking it out before it took one of us out! Great job Mike and Tracy. I look forward to going that way agian.
                          To bead or not to bead, that is the question... :confused:

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                          • #14
                            Thanks fellas.

                            I posted this summer that I ran into this logjam with some out of town relatives-that were experienced paddlers. We were able to extract ourselves unscathed; however, it could have been a totally different story. The water was high, and it was an inviting channel, not difficult at all to navigate. Although I am not a “novice”, I do only float the Upper Kenai a couple times a year, so I was not privy to this treacherous trap.

                            On a river this popular, it is great that some members of our community were able to take the time and energy to remove a potential death trap. Thanks again.

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                            • #15
                              Roadblocks

                              Originally posted by T.R. Bauer View Post
                              I'm glad it is gone. I tried to organize something together to take it out and I got like 20 reponses on how and why I shouldn't. So I just prayed....you guys are angels
                              I think the big issue in getting rid of the jam was navigating the legal entanglements. Finally the right folks got involved, and we got the green light to deal with it. If this was on a remote river I would not have hesitated five minutes to get out the saw. This just needed to happen. What it did NOT need was for some committee who had never been on the river to study it for three more years before making a decision. Two years was long enough!

                              -Mike
                              Michael Strahan
                              Site Owner
                              Alaska Hunt Consultant
                              1 (907) 229-4501

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