Posted By: alexperrett
.....If you don't want to read about it first, here are some PICTURES
One sunny Sunday April Mark Barsevskis and I decided to run the Upper Petawawa from rail road rapid to Lake Traverse. The level was about 88-98 cms, I forget. Upon arriving we met up with a family friend of mine Named David who had just finished an early morning run of the section. They gave us a heads up about driving to the railroad instead of hiking all the way from the parking lot and doing a ton of lake hoping. Even better for us we had shuttle bitches to take our car back to the take out.
After a sold 45 minutes to an hour of hiking we reached the put in. Railroad was the first and one of the bigger rapids on the river. It has many lines through it, even more would open up with more water. We took the river right side of the island and i ran it a few times with different lines each time.
We then paddled some class 2-3 boogie water until we came across a fork in the river, we boat scouted river left then looked up to the glory that river right held. A fun slide/drop into a super fun auto boof. We walked up to run it. I went first with an alright line, but didn't hit the eddy on river right. Mark went next with a picture perfect line, beauty.
The next big rapid (sorry for lack of names) had more of a big water feel as it took a bend to the right you navigated about 3 or 4 bigger holes/waves. We then came across a wide horizon line and decided to just go with it, but I, for lack of a better words, shit the bed and got stuck for about a minute in a relatively sticky and pushy hole. I did manage to make my way out without harm or swimming. We finally came across the last rapid which is one of about 4 or 5 major rapids. Nice little boof off the last ledge and boogie to the tale out.
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The whole run hike and paddle takes about 3-5 hours depending on scouting abilities and 2-3 if you have done the river a few times. Awesome run, would recommend to get on it if you have yet to do so! Selected PICTURES HERE