This is a video of the Lower Columbia Canoe Club’s annual Sweetheart Paddle in February. This year the event was held on the Lewis River, which because of heavy rains was running at 10,000 cfs. The river was big, flat, and moving. The day itself was very wet as the droplets on the camera lens will attest. Be sure to watch to the end to see the first public appearance of the LCCCC–the Lower Columbia Canoe Club Chorus in action.
A group of us caught the Kilchis at a moderate level for a fun day on the river. Level on the nearby Wilson was around 2500 cfs and slowly dropping. The video mostly concentrates on the two class 3 rapids we call Gutter 1 and Gutter 2.
Sweet run of Butte Creek at 560 cfs with Chad, Robert, Roy, Kendall, Konstantin, and Denny. Later in the video you’ll see Colm and his friend Ken. Named rapids shown are Splittin’ Hairs and Knucklebuster parts a, b and c.
At 550 cfs, the Clack is still a lot of fun with some good surf waves and lots of rock dodging, particularly on Roaring River and Toilet Bowl rapids. A certain kayaker goes rogue by hopping in a yellow Ocoee. This video is a little heavy on the swim side, though this paddler and some of the others caught in these compromising situations actually had great days making the lines everywhere else.
It was a small crowd this year, but we made up for it with lots of excitement on the river and fun back at camp. Not caught on video was the attempt to move a picnic table with a Z-drag. Let’s just say the Forest Service has nothing currently to worry about in terms of losing any picnic tables to us. We need more practice and a better kit. We moved it an inch. Maybe.