By Jim Stanford on July 31, 2011
A strainer that lodged nearly across the Hoback River, posing a hazard for boaters, has at least partially washed out. The left side of the tree is gone, making the run easier to navigate.
The river is popular for kayaking, rafting and fishing. The tree had been stuck in the Campground Wave area, between Hoback Junction and Camp Creek, creating a nearly river-wide sieve for the last few weeks.
“Conditions are constantly changing on the rivers, and we highly encourage all river users to scout the channels before they launch their vessels, even if they are familiar with the features of the river,” Dale Deiter, Bridger-Teton National Forest district ranger, said when the tree became stuck.
One deer died after being caught on the snag, and boaters survived several close calls. Floaters should watch out for other trees that could lodge on the remaining snag, and rafters may want to stay close to the left bank.
(Photo via BTNF)