Hoback River obstruction cleared

By Jim Stanford on July 31, 2011

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View of the snag across the Hoback River, before the left side opened up.

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)


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2 Comments so far

  1. bob rogers hudson 3rd August 18, 2011 4:49 pm

    so is the hoback open to river rafting at this time? and if so what is the current condition as far as water flow speed?

  2. Mike V August 18, 2011 9:08 pm


    Call Rendezvous River Sports. They should be able to tell you the conditions. 307-733-2471

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