Each year the water flowing from the Magic Reservoir into the Big Wood river just south of town here is cut off, draining the river and leaving behind a dizzying channel of water grooved basalt. This year, rumor is that the entire reservoir will be drained so that they can work on the dam. Over the last 2 weeks the water in the channel has been slowly disappearing, leaving pools full of fish (best fishing odds ever) in the low spots and exposing the eery sculpting of millions of gallons of water and grinding gravel. What’s left is a Dr. Seuss land of scoops, cracks and blobs that would please even the most creative boulderer.

The Channel. Boulders and walls of all heights snake for miles.

All it takes is a sturdy brush and a bit of holding your breath to clean up some really nice problems!

HUNDREDS of them. Dried up pools of trout.

A winter warmer for a cool night sesh in the channel. Is it me or are these even BETTER this year?

Jubels.. YUM.

I brushed and sent a cool problem that also has a “low” variation that could end up being really challenging. The direct version probably goes at V4ish.

Since the boulders are under water for half of the year, cleaning and brushing is the name of the game. Yesterday I stopped at Kings and armed myself with brushes, and we borrowed a rake from Dave to smooth out some gravel bar landings. Each season the gravel changes the shape of the problems as well as the height of the gravel bar. With no chalk, grades or guides, we are free to walk the gravel bars and clean and climb what motivates us. If you are ever in the area and are looking for a truly unique area to explore look no further, the channel seems to have endless opportunity and seemingly everything we brush turns out to be an awesome problem!

3 thoughts on “Fish Food

  1. Ben wants to play on Dr. Seuss rocks and drink Jubles….this winter for sure!

  2. That’s awesome, I used to live in Richfield which is very close to the reservoir. I was able to see the reservoir when it was half full but never fully drained. Wish I could be there to see it! Hope life is great for you and Robyn!

  3. Cheers Kyle! Yeah we plan to go check out to the reservoir soon too, so much to explore!

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