Oh Man! It looks like we might be in for a repeat of last year’s Boulder Garden Log Jam. There is a new log in Boulder Garden, on the Middle White Salmon River. We first posted an alert about this log on Tuesday through our Facebook and Twitter channels. The log, which wasn’t there on Monday was encountered by one of our rafting trips. The trip called in to our base and we got the word out as quickly as we could.
This image shows the root ball of the log against the river right rock forming the entrance to the center line in Boulder Garden.
The best way to describe the current situation at Boulder Garden is that it “is really bad.” The log extends all the way across the center line in the rapid, and most of the way across the left line. There does appear to be a small escape route on river left against the left bank. However, this open space against the left bank is small, and will likely fill with wood at some point. At this point in time, it appears to be a single, long log jammed in the rocks at the top of Boulder Garden Rapid. It is wedged in the same location as the thick log that was pinned just upstream of the large log jam that formed in Boulder Garden last winter. The reason we say that this is “really bad”, is that all of the current in the river is flowing directly into the log. If you are in your boat and in control, you shouldn’t have any trouble moving to river right and running the right line in Boulder Garden. However, anyone that is struggling for control, or any swimmers in the water, will come around the corner in Shark’s Tooth moving toward the center or left side of the river. Anyone getting pushed center or left toward Boulder Garden is in big trouble. Swimmers in Shark’s Tooth, or upstream, are in very real danger of being pushed into the log.
This is a close up of the left side of the log. It’s hard to tell how far it extends.
Wet Planet commercial trips are running with specific, designated support eddies on river right with ropes ready. This log jam is a serious hazard, especially for an unaware boater that might be challenged with the higher water on the White Salmon River.
A Wet Planet raft running the right line past the log.
Please help us get the word out.