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 Paddling the Des River

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 March 20 2017 12:52PM (Read 629 times)  
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I just bought a 14' & 12' Wilderness Systems Tarpons for my son and I. We are excited to fish the Des Moines River. We would be using the Sycamore Access landing and going upriver. What would be the "SAVE" out flow of Saylorville Damn be for all of you to paddle? We have flat water paddles for years (BWCA) but never the rivers.

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 March 22 2017 10:03AM  
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I have never paddled that area. I have paddled the DSM several times though, and the areas I am usually in going upstream any distance is about next to impossible usually. Its usually put in upstream and go downstream for me.

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 March 22 2017 11:09AM  
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I've only paddled that stretch once, and I can promise you that no amount of paddling would have got me upstream. It was very high when I was there, but that stretch is known for quick water.

You would be better off to shuttle vehicles or arrange pickup at a ramp downstream. The Vandalia to Yellowbanks float is nice and a bit more relaxing than the Sycamore area.

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