Mammoth Cave

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  1. ptbrauch

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    So with typical current, how long do you think the run from Dennison to Houchins will be now?

    Think any new islands will form? Or getting out of the bank will improve over time?
     
  2. Brutus Hedgeapple

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    I have no idea, never done it before. There should be moving water all the way now though and that should speed it up some.

    The banks should improve, that makes sense.
     
  3. smashdn

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    The banks are sketchy at Dennison and across from Dennisons where white oak trail drops down to the river. Those are areas well up form the influence #6
     
  4. ptbrauch

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    I read on a FB group posting that the river regs have changed in the park now. Said that life vests had to be worn at all times and no flood plain camping (i.e. on the islands) past Turnhole Bend. Anyone else know anything about that?
     
  5. smashdn

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    Whose land is this national park anyway? More regulations to impede your use of it.

    Current, logs and rocks are always going to be a hazard. Like I said back in post 1156, the banks are steep mud at Denison's Ferry, well above the influence of #6. Taking out that dam is not/was not/will not change the character of the banks appreciably. You will expose more gravel bars within the park but the area where the actual woods meets the normal floodplain is still going to be steep, rooty and muddy. You aren't going to change that river into a placid creek. It drains too much area and in particular too much area between GRL dam and the park to have significant control on flooding. They wanted a more wild river, they are getting it.
     
  6. ptbrauch

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    Anyone got any pics of the stretch with the water down now?
     
  7. smashdn

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    Word of advice if you plan to use the park, make sure you know whether the ferry is operating or not and also kind of how the river level is trending.

    Two examples, the ferry has been closed for high water earlier in the summer and then maybe a week later the level had dropped to the point they were not allowing but a single vehicle at a time and no rv's or trailers across.

    Week before last a friend of mine went across to the north side in the afternoon, camped and kayaked, but then was not able to go back across the ferry the next day due to water levels. They had to make the loop all the way out towards nolin tailwater and back to Brownsville.

    Currently the ferry is not operating due to low water.
     
  8. smashdn

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    Went to the park this past Sunday. Whole trees going down river. Water backing up the creeks.

    Did our good deed and moved a downed tree out of the road.

    Go hike and camp on the north side now while the gubment is shut down so you don't have to deal with the funny hats up there.
     
  9. RVtech24

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    I parked at First Creek Trail Head a few weeks ago and didn't see anyone. Have you hiked First Creek to the lake yet? Not the Trail but the creek, the creek is a lot more scenic with numerous caves and about 15 smaller creeks that are flowing pretty good now with a few nice waterfalls along each one. It's one of the most beautiful sights to be had in the Park that not many people have ever seen. You can hike the creek to the lake and return along the trail, sometimes it takes me a few days or more... I'm old and retired so it takes me a bit longer. :)
     
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  10. smashdn

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    I have not. Typically I don't hike until after January and before turkey season.

    We were getting stir crazy at the house so went for a new years hike with the kids. We stayed on the boardwalk trails so we could pull the kids in the wagon.
     
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    This week-end, Frank and I are heading up River to spend 2 weeks hanging in the Hammock and playing on the River in MCNP. I'll be taking my new Kayak, it has a better seat, is a lot more stable and will carry 200 more pounds of stuff that I don't really need to have a good time on the River. I'll post a few more pics of some of my new gear that I've collected over the winter in preparation for my summer on the River and in the deep woods. I have a 24mm 1:2.8 wide angle lens, for taking pics of the old growth trees that are in a section of the park called the Big Woods, it's the largest stand of old growth trees in the state.
     
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  12. EC

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    Very nice!
     
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    Couple chairs, folding table, gortex rain wear, extra paddle, rope and hook to pull myself up out of the river if need be.

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    Mountain House freeze dried meals.

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    Found this cool little Carhartt tool roll on Amazon.

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    Holds a bunch of my small tools, knifes, fire starter and just about anything else I can stuff in there.

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    This is an awesome little folding buck saw, I think it's made in Canada. There's a bunch of vids on YouTube about it.

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    It real easy and quick to unfold.
     

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