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Bobbie
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Ok, I’m no Ottawa expert (only paddled there 10-12 times), but here’s what I discovered last weekend…

8.25-9.5 the Ottawa has a lot of features semi-washed out, with the biggest features not quite in… Spots that were still good were Waikiki, and the wave at the top of Upper No Name. Some other stuff (Butterfly, Angels Kiss, Butcher’s Knife) were mediocre… If you’re up for it, Big Kahuna was huge, but looked kinda trashy…

This level (8.25-9.5) was great for running though! Lower No Name was a blast, and Little Trickle is a really great little rapid… Coliseum was huge, and Black Chute was fun, as usual…

Apparently all the above named features are better at 6-7 (especially Waikiki), and running probably wouldn’t be much different…

I’ve been to the Ottawa at 16, and also at -2, and both were epic! 8.25-9.5 was definitely not as epic in terms of playboating (might have been if I’d had the energy to try Kahuna), but it’s always a great river to kayak!

Hope that helps,

~Rob