River Barges

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  1. Missy Skeeter

    Missy Skeeter Senior Refuge Member

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    The first delivery of supplies to villages on the river in interior Alaska
    (about a week after ice-out in early May).
    I always tread having to pass barges headed upstream as they
    push a huge wake for my 16 foot boat to push thru.
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  2. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    The summer I worked at Akiak the supplies had been delivered over the river. Think ice road truckers.
     
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    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    I dreaded the mornings when I hunted the Missouri River north of Omaha and the barge would come up the river in the early morning, had to reset all the floaters. :doh
     
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    bad dog Senior Refuge Member

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    not near as frequent of traffic as ther usta b.bad dog
     
  5. LabsInTheCanes

    LabsInTheCanes Senior Refuge Member

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    Is that the Kuskokwim?
     
  6. Missy Skeeter

    Missy Skeeter Senior Refuge Member

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    Yukon River
     
  7. Olefart

    Olefart Senior Refuge Member

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    I agree, the tows in my area on the Mississippi are 15 barges long, and have to be broken in half to lock thru the Dams. Sometime takes 2 hrs or more for a lockage. I run a 1648 Alumacraft Jon with a MB 45 surfacedrive motor. Makes for a wild ride when passing one. Especially in the dark heading out to the blind.
     
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  8. mrmallerd

    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    Its even more fun running 60+ in a bass boat.
     
  9. Damian Wiening

    Damian Wiening Elite Refuge Member

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    First experience with a barge hunting one early morning was this black wall in the river, a moving black wall :eek:, I really like hand held spotlights now :)

    Great crews will light up the river for you when you pass, pure daylight then, just don't look back.

    Also anyone know why divers tend to buzz your decoys when the fuel barge goes bye :scratch
     
  10. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Yes. I got dropped there (akiak) and when I went home they took me by boat to Nenana. Yukon ? No boats with me on board. No
    I've been to aniak for pizza. ;)
     

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