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Elkhorn River Trip | October 2017

A self-supported trip created by ThisOutdoorsman

Trip Overview

This trip was about 23 river miles long. We had launched our kayaks at the Highway 91 Bridge and ended our trip at Elkhorn Crossing rec. area. The water was higher than normal and the NRD had just reopened all the launch sites on the river. Along with the high water there was a lot of submerged trees just shallow enough to knock you around a bit in the kayaks. Saturday October 28th, We started our trip at about 11am and paddled for a couple of hours before finding a sandbar to heat up some lunch. Back on the water and after a few more stops, we ended our first day at our desired location at 6pm with 13 miles paddled. After setting up our hammocks and gathering some firewood, we were cooking supper and eventually called it a night. Temps on dropped to 35° that night, so it was quite comfy sleeping weather. Sunday October 29th, After breakfast we were on the water by 11am again. The wind was blowing at us for most of the day causing us to have to paddle the entire time to keep moving down stream. With the extra paddling, we had made it to Elkhorn Crossing by 2pm and 11 miles paddled. 23 river miles paddled, 2 days 1 night

Safety Notes

Submerged trees were the only safety issue to look out for.

Gear Notes

Kayak, sleep system, map, clothes, mess kit, water filter, cup, stove, knife, toiletries, fire starter, first aid kit, rain coat, cordage, water, food.


The conditions were good. Highs were around 50°F and the lows were around 35°F. Some wind, but nothing that affected our trip.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 10/28/2017-10/29/2017
  • Trip Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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