Paddling the Upper Kalama

Sixteen of us caught the perfect window. The gate to the Upper Kalama is only open for 6 to 8 weeks during hunting season, so you have to catch it when you can. Rain had fallen the night before, kicking up the gauge for the East Fork of the Lewis (the gauge we use since the Kalama doesn’t have one) to 700 cfs, and the level was nearly perfect. A little more water would have made the surf waves better, but there was still some good ones to be had. Fall was in full glory and the water was mesmerizing with the swirl of alder leaves in its depths. On the trip: Carl, Mike, Greg, Dennis, Ted, Will, Leon, Ken, Kendall, Bill, Terry, Susan, Dee, Otis, Kevin, and myself.