|Stretch:||Highway 49 Bridge to Middle Bar|
|Flows:||500-?000 cfs. Current Dreamflows (est) gauge|
|Put-in:||Highway 49 Bridge|
|Take-out:||Middle Bar Take-out|
|Season:||Dam release, year round|
The same day as the Electra run (see that for the stories) we decided to run the stretch down to Middle Bar. This actually took a little work to figure out the logistics for. Looking at the write-ups I found two (old ones) that stated this lower stretch of the Electra run was illegal, I found one that had the take-out listed but no discussion, and one that said they heard it was not illegal anymore but couldn’t confirm it. So after calling trusty Chris Shackleton whom is the go-to guy for all river related trivia, he was kind enough to return my call at midnight, waking me up and after explaining, “oh, I thought your phone would be off,” I got the piece of info I was looking for, No it is not illegal anymore. So with that in my pocket we headed to this take-out the following morning.
This stretch only has two rapids, the first is class II while the second is class II+ verging on class II++. The scenery is better than its upstream counterpart, making it an excellent addition to the Electra run. The only real reason why I am splitting it up is because history (old guidebooks) have the Electra run ending at the Highway 49 bridge.
To repeat my final note from the Electra run, although I can’t imagine that the rapids actually become class III-IV with higher water (like 1,500-3,000) like some sources state I can imagine that the banks are high into the trees and brush making swims difficult. So I would suggest that if you are going to be heading down this stretch with more than a summer release of 800 that you have a combat roll.