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Earlier this year I heard a newstory about a teenager who drowned in these waters. I can see, after kayaking this part of the river, how that would happen. The current in this part is medium, but the depths seem to go from 2' to 12' suddenly in many places. The section that has the boat launch is right in the current and appears to be deep. There is also an old gauging station about 300' upstream from the ramp that has a lot of old wood pilings and concrete blocks, but above and below water. This is not a good place to swim!
What is cool about the Pacific Palisades area is that there is a lake in the middle of it that connects to the river. I think it used to be a gravel quarry or strip mine of some sorts way back.This provides for a really nice wetland area right in the middle of the conservation area. I padded a bit into it, and there were a couple of guys throwing decoys to duck hunt, so I turned around and headed back to the ramp. Saw a nice herd of deer in the distance as I was heading back (I think the duck hunters scared them).
This will be a great place to come back in the summer time and explore some more. I fished it a little, but did not have any results