Watercraft can launch or take-out at several sandy spots along the eastern bank. The river continues to be fast & somewhat deep in spots to the take-out at Lone Pine (1/2 mile/20 minutes).
It should be noted that the river is in a state of change due to the dams removal project. The former Boardman Pond & Sabin Pond are being drained & the river's flow is adjusting over time. All posted signage must be respected.
Sometimes it's very busy, but there's lots of river access sites down the trails on both sides of Oleson's foot-bridge.
WARNINGSNever underestimate the power of any river; it can knock you down, push you into oblivion & pin you in places you'll be helpless to escape from. The rapids may not look threatening, but they can & do flip watercraft VERY easily (and there are many submerged boulders along this stretch of the river). RESPECT the power of the river!
The Boardman River is particularly unpredictable now that dams are being removed & ponds are being drawn down.
Heed all posted warnings!
* Wear a Coast Guard approved life vest
* Wear a helmet
* Wear a helmet
* Do not take young children through the rapids!
* View the rapids by walking the trail from Keystone Rapids Trail Head to Oleson BridgeWARNING! Due to construction, the river is temporarily closed to watercraft at the Boardman Dam/Cass Rd bridge. All paddlers must exit the river here or at Lone Pine (20 minutes further down-river) on Keystone Rd. The next access site is on Cass Rd at the launch below Sabin Dam (at the Nature Center).
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