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Old 09-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Cedar River Flow/Cedar River/Colvin Lean-to

I spent the last few days re-visiting a favorite spot that I haven't, for one reason or another, been to since the summer of 2007. Despite dealing with some rain and a thunderstorm along the way, it was as beautiful as I remembered it, and it was good to be back.

We got a later than expected start on Monday, so we didn't arrive at Wakely Dam until nearly 5 pm on Monday afternoon. We pushed out into Cedar River Flow under overcast skies and found ourselves paddling into a fairly strong wind as we paddled south to the Cedar River. It took just under 2 hours to reach the lean-to; as we rounded the last bend I was sure I caught a glimpse of someone in an orange jacket and expected to find the lean-to occupied. However, when we carried our packs up the slope to the shelter, all was quiet and there wasn't a soul in sight. The rain that had been threatening held off, and we spent a pleasant but chilled evening huddled close to our small campfire, sipping some single malt scotch and watching the dog chase the numerous rodents that frequent the lean-to.

I awoke early the next morning to rumbling thunder and pouring rain, and we waited in the lean-to for the weather to let up until nearly 10am, when the rain slowed to a steady drizzle. We set off for the short but muddy trek to the Colvin Brook lean-to. Despite the mud, the trail conditions were pretty good- I remember the last time I was on this section of trail there were numerous blowdowns and obstructions, but this time, the way was clear.

The rain stopped altogether by noon or so, and we spent a pleasant afternoon and evening rockhopping on the Cedar River as far as we could go in either direction, exploring the small island just downriver from the lean-to, and lounging on the rocks and enjoying the view. I saw entries from a few forum members in the lean-to log- Justin, Bill, and Duct Tape. It's easy to see why I'm not the only one on here who seeks out this beautiful, peaceful spot. The only negative about this trip was the amount of abandoned gear and junk left in the lean-to- 4 cheap, mildewy sleeping bags, an air mattress, an old pair of sneakers, a bag full of condiments, empty propane canisters, etc. We took out what little we could carry, but unfortunately, there's still alot there.

The next day was clear and hot, and we took our time on the hike and paddle back. Before heading back to the flow, we canoed upstream past the lean-to as far as we could get before the rapids forced us to turn around (not too far, as it turns out). Does anyone know close you can get to the Colvin lean-to if you carry around that first set of rapids?

The rain held off until about halfway home, and then a pretty heavy thunderstorm caused what is usually a 4 hour drive to take over 5 hours. But all in all, an excellent trip, and hopefully it won't take me another 6 years to get back there again.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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Cool TR Madison.
Gear left behind in lean-to...
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #3
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cool tr madison.
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the TR, too bad about the junk.
How active are the beavers? (many dams on the cedar?)
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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...we canoed upstream past the lean-to as far as we could get before the rapids forced us to turn around (not too far, as it turns out). Does anyone know close you can get to the Colvin lean-to if you carry around that first set of rapids?...
Madison,

Sounds like a great time!! It's always a pleasure to revisit those old places and memories.

And you're asking the $64,000 question (am I dating myself??)
I asked similar questions about the Boreas and Newcomb rivers...

So who's going to step up and do the recon?
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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So who's going to step up and do the recon?
I believe it has already been done. Just have to know who to ask. Sent you a pm.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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Sorry for the false alarm. My supposed intel was no more than we knew already.

Someone else will have to go and find out.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:04 AM   #8
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When I was there last year someone had left behind a little bit of brandy. At least that was more enjoyable than a pile of mildewy sleeping bags.
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