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    ISU student drowning

    http://www.kcci.com/news/dive-team-c...6554212#!0K1Bk

    Not a good time to go tubing down the river. With all the rain up north the current is really strong. Very sad.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    A few days ago I was invited to go tubing next weekend on the Des Moines river. I think I will pass...


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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Terribly sad, especially considering that they intended to take out at Carr Park right where the drowning occurred due to the perceived hazard.

    I just canoed a good stretch of the Skunk, prior to the storms, and it was pretty leisurely. But, considering how many downed trees and logjams we encountered (even had to portage the boats a few hundred yards a bit south of Ames), it's easy to see how they'd be concealed and even more dangerous with a further 8 feet of water in the channel.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    There's something about rivers that are moving faster than a snail's pace or I can't see the bottom in that have always worried me if I was on one in a boat or kayak or whatever.

    This is why.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    I couldn't believe people went tubing down that. I drove by that earlier today and noticed how high that river is right now.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    There's something about rivers that are moving faster than a snail's pace or I can't see the bottom in that have always worried me if I was on one in a boat or kayak or whatever.

    This is why.
    This is the exact way I feel. Murky water, currents, debris under the water, plus wildlife is the reason I stay out of them.


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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Wildlife? Attack by a bear or pack of wolves?



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Just got to work and was notified that guy who drowned is a fellow coworker of mine.


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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Wildlife? Attack by a bear or pack of wolves?
    Or just getting in a river with a bunch of animal ****.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post
    This is the exact way I feel. Murky water, currents, debris under the water, plus wildlife is the reason I stay out of them.
    Quote Originally Posted by awd4cy View Post
    Or just getting in a river with a bunch of animal ****.
    Floating the skunk is the bomb. I really want to get back to Ames for a trip this year. Guess I should wait until the levels go down a bit. Will make me double think going over the small dam though.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    We canoe the skunk often. Once a couple years ago we did it when it was like it is now, that will never happen again. We knew it was higher than normal but the skunk isn't really that deep so we didn't think nothing of it. But we quickly found out it wasnt the depth it was the current speed. We now only go when it is at normal levels, which kind of sucks because you get stuck on sandbars alot.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Shocking. I haven't seen the Skunk lately but that river is pretty mellow compared to a lot of other ones. When I've kayaked or tubed that in the past, it seemed SO shallow.



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Wildlife? Attack by a bear or pack of wolves?
    More like fish and snakes and the like. I just don't like the idea of letting my a** float in the water while those things are circling around underneath. Plus I'm sure my beer farts could attract quite a few unsavory things...


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    Re: ISU student drowning

    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    We canoe the skunk often. Once a couple years ago we did it when it was like it is now, that will never happen again. We knew it was higher than normal but the skunk isn't really that deep so we didn't think nothing of it. But we quickly found out it wasnt the depth it was the current speed. We now only go when it is at normal levels, which kind of sucks because you get stuck on sandbars alot.

    Unfortunately, some of the factors that make tubing more fun (decent currents) also make it more dangerous. What do you consider a maximum safe water level for tubing the Skunk?



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    Re: ISU student drowning

    I wouldn't tube on the skunk when its high and fast. Lots of snags and things to get hung up on. Tube when the water level is normal.



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