Kickin’ back on the Couch


couch_trolly1.jpgSunday the rest of the family went berry picking after church, so Tyler and I were kicking around where to paddle today – the Gutter (again…?), the Main Payette… But after checking the Salmon River gauge at Whitebird I saw that the Thursday, Friday, Saturday rains had jumped the Salmon up to 9,000! That means the Couch Wave is in :-) . So we hitched up the trailer and threw in a pile of smelly paddle gear and hit the road.

On the way up checked out Machine Wave, looked OK, but we really wanted to check out Couch.

Drove up the Big Salmon Road for about 16 miles and found the wave. Sweet – it was in! The drive up this road is worth the trip even if you don’t paddle. Rustic old buildings, impressive rock formations, one lane bridges, a beautiful valley….

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Walked down the driveway near the tram that goes to a house across the river. Talked with the owner as he was heading out for a minute – really nice guy, liked to watch kayakers surfing the wave in his front yard. He crossed over later as we were surfing and waved out the door. If you go there keep the good relationship and don’t park in his driveway – there is a good pullout across the road or just up from his driveway.

Couch was superb at 9k, and I’m sure it is even better at higher flows. Eddy service is very good at most flows, though at 9.5k to 12k you may have to pull above this flat rock that separates the service eddy from the staging eddy. Even at 9 we had to have a little speed to slide past the end of the rock.


Afterwords we munched on the abundant blackberries for an Apres Paddle snack.


All in all worth the drive and I’ll be back to kick back on the Couch soon!

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