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I've used Big Eddy as a takeout after kayaking the upper stretch a few times over the years, but never paid much attention to the condition of the "ramp" there until recently.

I took a friend on his kids on a scenic float a few weeks ago, and at that time the launch consisted of a shelf of soft sand deposits, and a very steep, heavily gullied drop-off starting about 20 feet from the water - all courtesy of the winter floods.

Anyway - does that launch ever get any seasonal maintenance to turn it into something closer to a ramp? It's fine either way - but knowing what to expect will help with the pre-launch planning.

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I've used Big Eddy as a takeout after kayaking the upper stretch a few times over the years, but never paid much attention to the condition of the "ramp" there until recently.

I took a friend on his kids on a scenic float a few weeks ago, and at that time the launch consisted of a shelf of soft sand deposits, and a very steep, heavily gullied drop-off starting about 20 feet from the water - all courtesy of the winter floods.

Anyway - does that launch ever get any seasonal maintenance to turn it into something closer to a ramp? It's fine either way - but knowing what to expect will help with the pre-launch planning.

Thanks!
I have no idea but as we all know. Shitty put-ins and take-outs are the norm in Washington. There are some real gems out there on the OP.
 

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It's an undeveloped launch/retrieval site. As you can see from the shifting sand deposits, if it were developed into a concrete boat ramp, the river would just destroy it on an annual basis without major shoreline modifications. And even then it would be destroyed on a somewhat regular basis. That's the nature of river hydraulics.

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Thanks for the replies - I figured that a concrete structure would be futile, but was just wondering if they ever grade the "ramp" leading down to the river after the winter flood season is over/before summer steelhead season starts, etc.

Sounds like the answer is "no." Fine with me - I'll just plan on removing the frame, etc and re-assembling the whole shebang on the riverside on trips where I'll be the only hombre present to move the raft on family trips. We managed fine last time - but we had three full grown men on the job and getting launched still involved some 4-low and shovel shenanigans....
 

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They usually blade off the lower parking area, but I think the launch is perennially forgotten even if they claim to be doing it.
 
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