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Numerous log jams and sweepers such as this create serious hazards to people who might consider floating the roadless section of the St. Joe River. Expert kaykers sometimes paddle the upper river at higher spring levels, but even they are forced to make arduous portages. Outdoors editor Rich Landers and David Moershel considered floating the river in inflatable kayaks. After taking a close look at the entire roadless stretch, they’re very happy they made the wise decision to Backpack along the river on Trail 48 instead.

Rich Landers