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Wood Report: West Fork Tuck

Quick wood report. On Sat I went out on the first release of the season for the West Fork of the Tuck. We were on the late train so I am sure all the wood was left as the day ended. Someone may have cut more out on Sunday’s release but keep an eye out for new wood in the top, all easily avoidable as long as you are looking (one was in play but someone was cutting it as we approached it). Where things could have been a disaster for my group was toward the end of the mini gorge at the rapid Lumpy Ledge.

Lumpy Ledge (photo taken from AWA)

There is a log stuck in the crevice (just above this paddler) that has fallen (or been stuck) from river right to about 80% of the river. It didn’t look like a line went on the far left and certainly nothing from river right to the center. There are two eddies you can catch to take a look before committing to this rapid. The last eddie on the right is where you will see the wood.

Be smart out there, check for wood, and communicate with your crew. Eddie hopping is the way to go on this run (at least it was Saturday).


I started kayaking in Wisconsin of all places, because this is where I am from. I then moved to San Diego and took on kayak surfing along with heading to the Kern River when water was available. I then made the move to Asheville, NC and have been hooked on this sport since my Wisconsin days. With whatever it is that you do, do it because you love it, not because society tells you should or for other outside factors. Don't simply exist, live!