Artlish River Launch

Dipper

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Never launched at Artlish river before. John Kamantas mentions it in the book but I wanted to reach to see if anyone has used it and had any comments good or bad. Always used Fair Harbor in the past and had no problems but a longer drive.
Thanks Ricky
 

ChG

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Shorter road but much rougher. OK for 4x4.
We're heading up next week-end but this time we're going to Fair Harbour.
When are you going?
 

Dipper

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Thanks for input. Launching next Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
 

Dipper

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Forgot to ask. Please describe the launch conditions. Is there a boat ramp?
 

mick_allen

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I presume you're using the log dump just S of Artlish Rvr:
Kyuq-ArtlishSmap.jpg

there's a semblance of a boat ramp and a large [1/4 hectare] flat area that potentially could be used for parking. The area is unassigned crown land, but there is a log handling tenure on that area. so YMMV if seems not in use.
 

Dipper

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Thanks Mick, so you have launched here? This is my first time to launch at this location and I did not see a ramp on google earth, so this helps.
 

mick_allen

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No, I haven't launched there. But looking at google and esri, the launch still appears to exist, a vehicle or so, altho the ramp/parking photo is 20yr old. The log handling area seems to be at only +1.5-2m elevation and the launch is low 15% slope with under 100mm material at the photo resolution:

Kyuq-ArtlishSdet3.jpg


If the dump isn't active I assume parking toward an edge will not be an issue, but that's my assumption.
 

Dipper

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Great research Mick, much better detail than mine. Thanks so much.
 
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