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parkerhouse
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08/31/2017 09:49PM
has anyone paddled the Range, or the Horse river this summer? and how is the water level, Thanks
 
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Ho Ho
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09/01/2017 10:22PM
We paddled the Horse River from Lower Basswood Falls up to Horse Lake August 12. Water levels were fine. In general water levels have dropped in this area since then, but not enough to make it hard to paddle the Horse, I'm guessing.

What part of the Range River are you interested in?
hawleycanoeguy
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09/02/2017 08:38PM
quote Ho Ho: "We paddled the Horse River from Lower Basswood Falls up to Horse Lake August 12. Water levels were fine. In general water levels have dropped in this area since then, but not enough to make it hard to paddle the Horse, I'm guessing.


What part of the Range River are you interested in?"


Hey Ho Ho!

I've never been on the Range River -- I'm hoping on my way out from Jackfish that it'll be navigable from Jackfish Bay back to Sandpit -- any inside info or advice with this area? Thanks!
Banksiana
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09/02/2017 09:15PM
The Range from Jackfish to Sandpit is a dependable route in all but the very lowest water levels or the very highest. Straightforward- one portage around a pretty rapids, the portage into Sandpit easier to locate coming from Jackfish than going to Jackfish but really not an issue.
Ho Ho
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09/03/2017 08:17PM
I second what Banksiana said. Nice route too.
Ho Ho
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09/03/2017 08:17PM
I second what Banksiana said. Nice route too.
woodsandwater
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09/04/2017 11:26AM
Came down the Horse River three days ago from Lower Basswood Falls to Horse Lake. We had to get out and wade through each of the rapids. But we we were wearing our trusty Keen Water Shoes and shorts so no problem.
hawleycanoeguy
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09/06/2017 10:20PM
quote woodsandwater: "Came down the Horse River three days ago from Lower Basswood Falls to Horse Lake. We had to get out and wade through each of the rapids. But we we were wearing our trusty Keen Water Shoes and shorts so no problem."

Did you wade through the portages or were these in addition to the three portages? Also...do you like your KEEN shoes? I've never had any, but checked some out online and they look nice! Thanks for any info!
hawleycanoeguy
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09/06/2017 10:21PM
quote Banksiana: "The Range from Jackfish to Sandpit is a dependable route in all but the very lowest water levels or the very highest. Straightforward- one portage around a pretty rapids, the portage into Sandpit easier to locate coming from Jackfish than going to Jackfish but really not an issue."

Thank you!! Sounds like a nice reach to paddle on our way out of the BWCA!
woodsandwater
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09/08/2017 06:59AM
The wading through the rapids was in addition to the portages. I always take the portages no matter where we are. I love my Keen's H20's! It's all I wear when in the BW. Comfortable, light, good tread, toe guard, dry fast. Worth the money.
hawleycanoeguy
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09/09/2017 04:27PM
quote woodsandwater: "The wading through the rapids was in addition to the portages. I always take the portages no matter where we are. I love my Keen's H20's! It's all I wear when in the BW. Comfortable, light, good tread, toe guard, dry fast. Worth the money.
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Thanks for the info -- I'm hoping for some rain the week before we head up there! My dad and I just planned out our trip today---we are going to make sure to single trip our portages....and we'll anticipate having to maneuver the Horse River like we did the last time. The only time I've been on this river was a day trip and an empty canoe. Things could be different with a loaded boat!
 
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