No. 25: Boater Fees for Improved River Access

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No. 25: Boater Fees for Improved River Access
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This week we talked about the Oregon State Marine Board’s proposal to require recreational paddlers with boats over 10 feet pay an annual $17 fee.

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No. 24: Best Multi-Day River Trips

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No. 24: Best Multi-Day River Trips
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This week we discussed the best multi-day trips. We came up with lists of the best summer trip to do with your friends and the best multi-day trips if season and skill aren’t an issue.

Best Multi-Day Trips with Friends and Family

Even though they are numbered, these are not in any particular except we thought the first 3 were the best.

1. Middle Fork of the Salmon River (Idaho)
2. Rogue River (Oregon)
3. Main Salmon (Idaho)
4. Green River – Gates of Lodore (Colorado & Utah)
5. Klamath River (California)
6. Rio Grande (Texas)
7. Colorado River – Cataract Canyon (Utah)
8. Owyhee River (Oregon)

Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Best Adventurous Multi-Day Trips (Raftable)

Again, not in any particular order:

1. Middle Fork of the Feather (California)
2. Illinois River (Oregon)
3. South Fork of the Salmon (Idaho)
4. Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers (Idaho)
5. Colorado River – Grand Canyon (Arizona)
6. Tatshenshini/Alsek Rivers (Alaska and Canada)
7. Selway River (Idaho)
8. Tuolumne River (California)
9. Kern River – Forks of the Kern (California)

Rafting Oregon's Illinois River
Rafting Oregon’s Illinois River

No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories

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No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories
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News of the Week

Main Topic: Favorite River Trip Lists

We talked about The River Gypsies’ Guide to North America: A Whitewater Travel Guide to 294 of the Continent’s Best Rivers which lists the best rivers around the United States.

Our Top 5 Adventurous(*) Runs that Most People Can Handle List
1. Chetco River (Oregon)
2. Big Creek (Idaho)
3. Bridge and Wooley Creek (California)
4. Middle Fork Flathead (Montana)
5. Escalante (Utah)

(*) Adventurous runs have difficult access and limited beta

Hiking into Oregon's Chetco River
Hiking into Oregon’s Chetco River

Our Top 10 Reasonably Hard Classic Whitewater Runs with Reliable Water Flows
1. Upper Tuolumne – Cherry Creek (California)
2. Upper Gauley (West Virginia)
3. Upper Upper Cispus (Washington)
4. White Salmon – Green Truss (Washington)
5. Little White Salmon (Washington)
6. Green Narrows (North Carolina)
7. Colorado – Gore Canyon (Colorado)
8. North Fork of the Payette (Idaho)
9. Chattooga – Section Four (Georgia and South Carolina Border)
10. Wenatchee – Tumwater Canyon (Washington)

We struggled trying to define these lists and if you have any suggestions to make our lists better and/or come up with better criteria please email us at therivertalkpodcast@gmail.com.

We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!

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No. 22: Trevor Croft + Rafting Magazine

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No. 22: Trevor Croft + Rafting Magazine
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This week Zach interviewed Trevor Croft of Rafting Magazine.

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No. 21: Making Boating Friends and Getting Better

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No. 21: Making Boating Friends and Getting Better
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This week we responded to an email from a listener who asked about how to make boating friends and improve your skills.

Here are some links to things we talked about:

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No. 18: Danger Ropes vs Perimeter Lines

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No. 18: Danger Ropes vs Perimeter Lines
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This week Tim from River Drifters joins us to talk about using perimeter lines on your raft.

We also received our first listener email and attempt to answer the question: “Are kayakers intrinsically disrespectful?”

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No. 14: Raft Racing in the PNW

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No. 14: Raft Racing in the PNW
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A shot from the 1984 Clackamas River Festival. Courtesy of American Whitewater Archives

This week we talked about raft racing, and a bit about the progression of rafting in the PNW.