Trip report. Saturday, May 5. Oakwood Bridge to Anderson Hill Bridge. David and John with dog Charlie paddled this section of the Salt Fork. Water level was great, The dam at Camp Drake was runnable in several spots with no scrapes. We chose the far right hand side. No logjams or portages. The little constriction with the standing waves and the huge eddy on the right about a mile into this run has changed and gotten a little milder, in my opinion. I was expecting it to be kind of intense with the water being up a little, but it seems to have widened out a little bit.
Member David Paul, and some friends paddled the Salt Fork from CR1850 Bridge to Highlander Creek on Sunday, the 25th of March. Water level was good, but dropping. There was one river-wide obstruction consisting of a single fallen tree that Christie and I portaged, but our friend John squeezed under it alone in the canoe. The current was not strong there and the water was shallow, so it was not a strainer type situation. He had to scootch and drag to get all the way under it. I'd guess we were out about 2 hours. Nice section of river.
As some of you have seen, the prestigious and fraternal order of the SFRR had an article written on them. While the attention is nice I feel that some of my quotes were taken out of context. I am not against farmers, both of my grandfathers were farmers. I was not denied information at any time. As far as I know there is not a prairie rivers network at the U of I. The prairie rivers network is a great organization. I do not carry out five bags of trash on EVERY trip, just on the river clean up days. Though we do pick up trash that is a real eyesore on regular trips. As for cars crowding around the river, I was referring to the Old Homer fair, and I was talking about horse drawn carriages. I apologize if it offended anyone.
Levi Marriott, President
We paddled the Oakwood bridge to the confluence of the Salt Fork and the Middle Fork. There were no log jams. The water level was 2.95 feet. The water was low, but we did not have to drag at all. There was plenty of nice sandbars exposed for stopping and enjoying the day. It took us three and a half hours with plenty of stopping, and just floating with the current. Not much paddling. This is one of our most recommended trips.
Log jam alert, just after Butzows's bridge. I recommend bypassing on left side, and "hopping" the logs. As of Feb. 18th 2012. Please send in any current information you or your friends have come across. Happy paddling, and make this spring one of the best yet!
Work has finally begun on the section guide!! I hope to be done in a few weeks. Thanks to members Joe Marriott, and Ryan Jackson for their support and help. Ryan and I had a cold night on the banks of the river, waking up to frozen water bottles and frost covering our sleeping bags. It was all worth it though to paddle the river at the break of dawn.
Here is a poem, written by Dave "3-D" Marriott, a member in good standing. He has the most musical talent in the club, and has composed many songs about the river. I hope all paddlers on the Salt Fork get to hear his melodic voice at least once.
"The river called to me today as I crossed her , I heard her beckoning cry ,
Oh Why had I passed her, OH WHY OH WHY ???
the sirens cry,and sigh,
still I passed her by
and now it is I who cries,
who cries , OH WHY OH WHY" -Dave Marriott 2011
Welcome to saltforkriver.org. The web site is currently under construction. I hope to have the complete section guides up by spring of 2012. Please check back often, and monitor our progress. Please be sure to tell other paddlers in our area about this site.
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