Hoback River blockage cleared
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
April 20, 2017
JACKSON, WYOMING April 20, 2017 The tree that had been blocking the Hoback River channel on the Bridger-Teton National Forest has cleared.
Earlier this week, river users reported a blockage of the river channel at a location in the Hoback known as Sherri's Ledge, near Hoback Junction, Wyoming. Obstructions in a river channel are particularly hazardous when water levels rise and currents are swifter due to increased river flows.
"With the amount of avalanche activity and the summer fires we had last year, the opportunity for trees to be in the river channel and blocking the stream is much higher this year," said Bridger-Teton National Forest Wild & Scenic River Manager David Cernicek.
River users are encouraged to consider the following before attempting any springtime boating on the Bridger-Teton.
Properly wear safety gear such as life jackets and helmets at all times.
Check water levels the day of your trip to determine the relationship of the water level to the degree of hazard. Low or high water changes the character of rapids and the difficulty and manner in which they should be run. In addition, high water carries debris such as whole trees and logs that can pose serious and unpredictable risks.
Rapids are not posted, listen for them, know where they are and scout them prior to running them.
Be constantly alert for logs and other debris that may have become lodged in critical passages.
Spring and early summer water temperatures are cold and hypothermia can set in rapidly if you are exposed to cold water for even a short period of time.
Alcohol and other stimulants impair judgment and motor functions affecting your ability in making quick decisions. Use a designated driver just as you would when driving an automobile. Don't risk your safety and the safety of others.
Accidents occur on the river shoreline too. Be cautious when entering and exiting your vessel and wear appropriate footwear.
"Keep in mind that response time to river rescues can vary depending on where the incident is located on the rivers," said Cernicek. "Around every bend there is a chance for blockages to appear and it is up to everyone to be sure they are alert and to plan accordingly," he said.
For more information, visit the Forest Website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/btnf. For additional information, contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest at (307) 739-5500.