Middle Sauk wood hazard! Feb 2024

New wood has been posted at Jaws river right. See the post here for more information.


Safety Code of Conduct

This weekend, I am reminded to keep your eyes on your POD, and continue to keep the safety of your group and others at the paramount.   We had some swimmers this weekend, that would have been in trouble if other members hadn’t reacted quickly.

Here is the American Whitewater code of conduct.  Please take a few minutes a year to reread and make sure you are an asset on the river.


Safety Scholarships

WRRR has safety scholarship money available! WRRR will pay up to 1/3 of tuition costs for river-related safety classes for our members. NOTE: Classes required for professional guide training are not covered by the scholarship fund.

How can you get in on this action?

  • Be a WRRR member
  • Email or tell a Board member what class you want to take in order to get pre-approved – please allow at least two weeks for approval
  • Attend and complete/pass course
  • Send/give your receipt for reimbursement along with an article about your experience to the Board

Remember these are first come first serve funds, so don’t delay.

Legalities of Risk and Rafting

WRRR member Mark Trivett has an article in Rafting Magazine about the risks and responsibilities of taking your friends down the river. It’s a great read.

To read the article, click here.

Inflatable Kayaking Self Rescue Hints

I was going to write a really long article about IK self rescue, but there was just so much to say and it might be boring to a lot of people, so I decided to just give a couple of hints.

I have flipped a lot over the years, and I am not a nimble, athletic person. Getting back in the IK is hard for me, but I have found some things that help.

The main thing I do is to not let go of my boat and paddle. There are two parts to this. First, my thigh straps and footbrace lock me into the boat well enough that when I flip over, I am still in the boat. I have to flex my feet to release them from the footbrace, which allows my legs to come out. Second, when I come out of the boat, I grab my thigh strap in my right hand and hold my paddle in my left. When I come up, I am still holding my boat. I can almost always grab the far thigh strap under the boat, pull with one hand, and push the near tube up with the other. This flips the boat back over quickly, and I’m still holding onto it.

The other thing I do is to practice in rapids. Practicing in flatwater will help you learn some techniques, but flipping in a rapid will teach you how to get in fast and do it right. If you can self-rescue in a class III rapid, you are much more likely to be able to self-rescue in tougher rapids.

In the end, if you have confidence that you can get back in your boat, you can run more challenging whitewater or you can have more fun goofing around on the easier rapids.

Green River Safety Map

Brenan has put together a great map showing Mercury, the Nozzle, and Let’s Make a Deal. This should help people run this section of the Green Gorge without some of the problems we’ve seen in the past. See you on the river!

PDF: Green River Mercury Nozzle Safety Eddy Map

Here’s a screen capture of the map for people having problems with the PDF. Click the image to enlarge.