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Wed., June 6, 2012, 6:18 a.m.

Whitewater rafters go with the flow


A group of Riverview Retirement Community senior citizens ranging from 70 to 90 years old head into their final dose of whitewater during a rafting trip down the Clark Fork River. 
 (The Spokesman-Review)
A group of Riverview Retirement Community senior citizens ranging from 70 to 90 years old head into their final dose of whitewater during a rafting trip down the Clark Fork River. (The Spokesman-Review)

Whitewater rafters

go with the flow

RIVER RUNNING – If you want expert advice on the reliable periods to find sufficient flows in area whitewater rivers, check out the ROW Adventures trip schedule. After all, they’ve been rafting area rivers for more than three decades.

The regional snowpack was about 119 percent of normal last week and some drainages are even highter, said ROW founder Peter Grubb.

His crews plan to run:

Spokane River Bowl and Pitcher now through July 6 (they ended July 20 last year).

Moyie River now through around June 12.

St. Joe River, starting around June 14 through July 4.

Clark Fork River, starting around July 5 and running through summer.

Grubb said he moves the same crew of guides and equipment to each river as it becomes ripe for rafting.

“We call the crew our migrant wave farmers,” he said.




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