River Dance

 

***Posted for Barbara Rowland***

 

It's a fun two day crazy Alaskan trip on some mid-level glacier-fed river water (Class II - III), campout and contra & square dance on a gravel bar.

We'll meet at Carrs Muldoon (west end of the parking lot) depart from Anchorage as a caravan about 9 AM on Saturday morning the 13th with as few cars as practical. (Be prepared to help carpool drivers with gas $).

Those that are coming from other areas to the north may just meet us at the take-out at King Mt Lodge (Milepost 76.1) at 10-10:30 AM-ish (pit stop, possibly drop some more cars) or at the put in at Hicks Creek (Milepost 96.6) at 11 AM.  That whole area of road was facelifted a couple of years ago -- the Hicks Creek access is now "Trailhead Road"  on the mountain side of the new road, on the far side of the river.  Follow the signs to Nova River Runners, who run their operation from there.

We run a shuttle from Hicks Creek to King Mt to get most of the cars down there, and try to get on the river before 2PM.  There's a group safety meeting before we launch, and we try not to get too stretched out over the river.

Arrival on the Gravel Bar (about 12 miles down the 20 mile stretch of river) around 6 PM.  Set up camp, eat, drink and be merry!  We'll have a very silly contra/square dance on the gravel bar!!!  (Thus the name "Gravel Bar Dance!")  We expect to have a caller and musicians for our entertainment!   Folks may have campfires, dance if they want to or not, and have a marvelous time as they see fit.

Departure in the morning is somewhere around 11 AM, and arrival at King Mt is around 1 - 2 PM.  Break it all down, run another shuttle to retrieve vehicles left at Hicks Creek, and part ways!  Those of us coming from Anchorage usually arrive home by 6 PM.

Are you an experienced paddler?  Come join us! There are all sorts of crafts running with us -- rafts, catarafts, IK's hardshell kayaks, packrafts, and even canoes (only expert paddlers should attempt with canoe).  It's always a very colorful floatilla!

Every person is responsible for their own boat passage down the river, so please do not expect the organizers to find you a seat on a raft.  If you have a raft with extra space to offer for a passenger or gear, please let us know!  We might have a musician or group gear we'd like to transport down the river.

Every person is also responsible for their camping gear, food & beverages, transportation to & from the river, and personal clothing/gear.

Some people are self contained, others pod up with folks they know, etc.  You may use this posting to find each other and make arrangements for carpooling, tents, passage on boats, cooking meals, etc.  (the less gear and vehicles, the better!)   People without boats -- if you do gain passage on a raft, please compensate your raft captain "somehow," as they generally spend a great deal of time and gas money to make your trip possible.

If you're experienced rafter but don't have a boat, rentals may be available at Alaska Raft & Kayak on Tudor Road.

Some people bring dogs, but we discourage it highly unless (a) your dog is extremely polite (no entering other people's campsites and kitchens, gets along with everyone, etc) and (b) you're willing to control the doggy doo.

Kids are entirely the responsibiltiy of the parents!!!  This is not a good time to bring little kids if your family is not experienced with cold water recreation and camping.

The river can change conditions between now and then.  We have scouts that will run the route just prior to the trip Should it be determined by the organizers that conditions are unsafe (higher water levels or nasty sweepers), the trip will be called off or postponed!!!!  Please watch this page for updates, especially closer to the days prior to the 13th.

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  • Marjie

    Thanks to everyone that made this such a wonderful experience...Barbara, Doug, Jim, Marcy, Robert and all the dancing, rafting and camping partners. I am looking forward to doing this again next year!

    July 17, 2013

  • Veronica

    Barbara, thanks for all your time and effort in organizing this event. It was a blast! Been to many contras but this was my first on a gravel bar with participating canines. Many thanks to the caller w/o whom there would be no dancing.

    July 17, 2013

  • John D.

    The best Gravel Bar Dance I have experienced yet.

    July 16, 2013

  • Marcelle M.

    We had a wonderful time - thank you to Barbara for her wonderful organizational and cooking skills and to everyone else who contributed to the communal effort!

    July 15, 2013

  • David L.

    Amazing! Thank you to everyone who orginized and participated in the event. It was nice to meet you and share an adventure :)

    July 15, 2013

  • Maria

    Wonderful windy weather and a whopper of a good time! Thanks Barbara for the incredible food, to Jim for the music/calling and to our boat captain, Robert. Great group of folks!

    July 14, 2013

  • Trish M.

    Yes, thank you Barbara - had a great time with a great group of people! :)

    July 14, 2013

  • Donna

    Thanks Barbara. Had an awesome time.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey if anyone that dropped would like to go on a weekend white water rafting trip in McCarthy 26-28 July, total cost for raft and two nights lodging is $100...please let me know. Have one, maybe two slots left.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, sorry to drop at the last minute, wound up going on a week long float trip this week and just got back in. I just have too much stuff to take care of right now. Sorry, have a great time!

    July 12, 2013

  • Robert C.

    I talked to Nova River Runners yesterday: they reported that there was nothing new in the river only that the water level was a little low, but that could change with the weather.

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Robert! Looks like we're in for a great trip!

      July 12, 2013

  • David L.

    Any reports from the scout team as of yet?

    July 11, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Hi Folks,
    It appears that a few of you are looking for space on rafts. If there are any qualified raft captains and a few folks that might like to go in on a raft rental, Alaska Raft and Kayak rents both oval rafts and catarafts. It's pretty reasonable if you have about four people go in on a rental. I'm definitely not suggesting this unless there is a qualified person to captain (row) the boat, but it may be an option for some of you who don't have river transportation. Just a thought. Jim

    July 3, 2013

    • Trish M.

      Jim - I am single and looking for a spot on a raft any openings or others looking to rent another raft?

      July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We've got you covered on Robert's raft, Trish. :)

      July 11, 2013

  • Trish M.

    Hi there I would like to come and looking for an extra spot on a raft/boat available?

    July 10, 2013

  • John R.

    I'll be rafting w/ Christine West, Christina Martin and Dean Knapp. This will be fun!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Gayle M.

    Sorry I've decided I'm too scared of big cold water and don't have a seat in a boat secured yet, so will leave this spot for someone else who really wants to go. Maybe next year.

    July 8, 2013

  • sharay S.

    I had a blast when I went you guys have fun, dance dance dance!

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, folks, we're trying to find out who has passenger space on boats from participants that are NOT on this Meet-Up site. We'll have a better idea by mid next week. Please post your status updates if you found a spot on a boat. If you're still hanging out there, please message me with your email address and phone number so I can notify you quickly.

    July 2, 2013

    • Marcelle M.

      Hi! I have one extra spot in my boat. My email is [masked].

      July 2, 2013

    • Marjie

      I just emailed you. Thanks, Marjie

      July 2, 2013

  • Mark

    Still looking for 2 spots on raft. Please contact me if you have any space. Thanks

    June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would be doing it in a pack raft

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live by the Hicks creek put in and should be available to float with the scout party prior to the trip. I would be floating in my packraft. So let me know when that is planned and I will try to go.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am pulling out of this trip. Would love to do it but don't have the gear like a lot of people in the comments and it does not appear that anyone has extra spots on rafts.

    June 11, 2013

  • Stacy P.

    I'd like to get in on this one, but I don't have gear. I've paddled on a raft and kayak a few times so I can help out...but I'm no boatman.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need 2 spots on a raft. Will share costs and work.

    June 9, 2013

  • Kathryn K.

    I am sorry to have to miss this - sounds like great fun but I will be out of State. If for some reason you have to postpone it a week, I'll be there :-)

    June 7, 2013

  • Mark

    Need 2 spots on someone's raft. Willing to share expenses/whatever. Thanks

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my own raft. Can take at least one other person.

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very bummed to have to miss this event, but will have family visiting from Ohio that weekend - and they're not tent campers... Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm with Maria. I need a spot as well. Willing to paddle or whatever needs to be done.

    June 4, 2013

  • Maria

    Would love to go but need a spot on someone's raft.

    June 4, 2013

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