Paddling the Wide Deep Elk

posted May 27, 2016, 3:55 PM by David Lillard   [ updated May 27, 2016, 3:57 PM ]
After the challenging whitewater of the Upper Elk, down in Clay County the wide river offers a chance to take in long views and appreciate the subtle majesty of this great river. Here the river hosts fish of pre-historic and rare kinds: the famed muskie trolls the green depths; the rare and endangered diamond darter hides in dark places.

Here the Elk is a long green tunnel where every bend reveals another mountain view. It's where the river is the backyard for communities lining the river's steep valley, where the Elk can take on the character of a lazy, Southern river meandering slowly . . . somewhere. 

For the guys of the Elkspedition team, it's also a little closer to home, a little closer to their Memorial Day finish. A little closer to the Elkspedition Homecoming Picnic at Coonskin Park's Riverside Pavilion. Everyone is invited!