Follow our 7 part series on the Joys of Flat Water: Finding the fun when the river slows.

By Peta Owens-Liston


Sandbar Races, Blind!

One of the pluses of low-water years is that plethora of sandbars to play on, some popping up right in the middle of the river. This is your opportunity to truly “run” the river. Our guide Brin instigated a race where we would charge down a slightly submerged sandbar located in the middle of the river with our eyes closed. Racing in the dark (eyes closed) is key factor to the fun here. As you run full blast ahead, the sandbar eventually drops away to deeper waters, and so do you. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you win the “race” or not, it’s all about the final plunge. The kids and the kid-at-heart-adults couldn’t get enough of the thrill.