The Cartecay River
*OUR First OPTION Put-In*
Sexton's (Class II, Mile 1.0)
About a mile below Lower Cartecay Road you will see some houses on river right. These houses look out of place in the
mountains because they have long green lawns leading down to the river. Here, a narrow chute on river right forms a
small Class II rapid. Run it down the right and eddy out left or right at the bottom.
Rock Garden (Class II, Mile 1.3)
A quarter mile down river is "Rock Garden", another Class II. Look for a narrow slot in the middle of the drop at the top
of the rapid. Go over the drop with a left angle and immediately make a sharp turn back to the right. Follow the channel
down the middle, but look out for a pinning rock about 1/3 of the way down. Eddy out at the bottom on the right or the
left. There is a decent squirt spot on river left at the bottom. Large kayaks and canoes may have trouble navigating
Rock Garden at levels below 1.2'.
Surfing Rapid (Class II, Mile 1.5)
After Rock Garden work your way through some shoals and pools until you come to a river wide ledge known as "Surfing
Rapid. Here is a good place for beginners to work on their surfing skills. It has a good recovery pool and a nice beach,
but you should be prepared to roll or get rescued because it is easy to flip here. More shoals after "Surfing Rapid", then
S-Turn (Class II+, Mile 1.8)
An island in the middle of the river marks the entrance to "S-Turn". Run left of the island and stay far left to avoid getting
stuck on rocks. Beginners will want to scout "S-Turn". Eddy out on river left to scout. The most distinguishing feature of
this rapid is the sluice that forms at the top of the ledge on river left. The river makes a sharp right turn through the
sluice, and then quickly turns back to the left. Most beginners will run this rapid by aggressively paddling through the
sluice and turning left after the drop. Others will catch the large eddy on river right and continue the run from there. At
levels above 1.6' you can skip the sluice and drop straight over the ledge. Either way, you need to paddle aggressively
the rest of the way. Punch the hole at the bottom. Eddy out river right or river left. If you eddy left be aware of the
undercut rock at the bottom of the eddy. "S-Turn" is rated Class II+ at normal levels. At 4-6' it is definitely a solid Class III.
Whirlpool (Class II+, Mile 2.0)
"Whirlpool" gets its name from the large swirling eddy on river right at the bottom of the rapid. Beginners will want to
avoid this and eddy left, where there is a large pool. Be careful though, because the left eddy has a very dynamic eddy
line. For best results run "Whirlpool" with a left angle and paddle hard for river left."Whirlpool" is rated Class II+ at
normal levels. At levels above 4' it becomes a Class III/III+. At these levels a very large hole forms at the bottom of the
rapid. Run the sneak down the left to avoid this hazard. I don't recommend playing in this hole. It is shallow and people
have been known to get hurt or break their paddles while attempting to play here.
Blackberry Falls (Class II+, Mile 2.3)
The grand finale of the run is "Blackberry Falls". It looks intimidating to beginners but it is actually just a big Ole' slide. It
ends in a haystack that tends to stop and flip those who air-brace, rudder, or otherwise don't paddle. You know,
beginners. The classic "Blackberry" run is down the center with a slight left angle. Look for the green hump of water just
below the top and split it with your boat. Paddle hard and punch through the haystack at the bottom. Eddy left or right -
preferably left. The other popular line is the diagonal line from left to right. If you are good enough, and lucky enough,
you can catch the wave above the haystack and surf it. "Blackberry Falls"
is Class II+, Class III/III+ at levels above 4'.
"Take Out"
The "Take Out" is right after the Bridge on the right hand side of the river.

*After this there is also another option to go right down to the DNR take out.
This float is an additional approximate 2 miles containing Clear Creek Falls and "Mister Twister"

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