Boaters, raft and kayak, there is a new feature at the bottom of Tunnel Rapid that is ripping boats and is a potential life threat for anybody in the water.
Ranger Rob this evening has reported about a new, most likely man-made, feature at the bottom of Tunnel Rapid. The location, as described by Ranger Rob, is 4-5 feet to the left of the bottom River-Center hole, just before you have to back-paddle off the wall.
The feature has a Rooster Tail and is identifiable from the road. This new feature has already ripped four commercial boats in what is described as a razor sharp edge. Ranger Rob, myself and some other boaters will assess the hazard in the morning and come up with a plan. If you have equipment/gear and feel like helping out the boating community, meet us at Tunnel Rapid sometime close to 1000.
If you plan on running Upper Mish before this hazard has been mitigated, I suggest you scout the rapid (focus on bottom portion) and do everything it takes to avoid the hazard. If we can mitigate the hazard tomorrow, I will post the good news.