Here's a report that I just received from Lynn Buckalew after he paddled the race course yesterday:
Update on River after yesterday’s run. Water levels are much lower than last year. 5.5 miles in is a rough spot so don’t go left, stay in middle. 12.5 miles to 13.3 miles several flats and hard to determine channel so watch for rocks and stumps. Be careful cutting corners because your boat or paddle will bottom out. Lots of debris and shallow water in several places so you have to pick your lanes but if you are careful you will be ok. Not a lot of current so with the heat it will not be an easy paddle. Bring bug spray, because yellowflies and horseflies are bad this year. Sunscreen will also be needed. If you have a fixed rudder make sure it’s a short one or you could lose it. All in all it will be a fun and challenging run but the river is beautiful and lots of sandbars to take a break if you need it. It’s gonna be a fun weekend and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.