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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The outdoor adventure season is just about to kick off for the summer and experts say it should be a long and exciting season.

Experts expect it to be a very long season of rafting and kayaking on the rivers because of all the snow pack still left from the winter.

"There's a lot of snow in the mountains which means there's going to be a lot of good white water rafting," said Peter Grubb, President of ROW Adventures.

The sight of snow in the mountains is a good sign for ROW Adventures president, Peter Grubb.

"The mountains around here have so much snow it's really unusual at this time of year," said Grubb.

His company is busy getting ready for all the white water rafting trips scheduled on Idaho's rivers this summer. All the snow is expected to make for a long rafting season and river levels should be running high at the beginning of the season.

"High water, people often perceive as being the most exciting for a white water rafting trip, but there's a point at which if the river gets really high a lot of the rapids are washed out, and they're not as exciting," said Grubb.

Grubb says right now it's hard to anticipate how high or quickly the river will rise because it all depends on the weather.

"If it does get 85 or 90 we're going to get very high water, if it doesn't, if it stays in the 70s which is what we're hoping then we'll get a more gradual runoff," said Grubb.

Right now the thought of rafting down a river in cold water isn't on most people's minds, but Grubb expects that to change in the very near future.

"Our phones and emails are directly related to the sunshine outside," said Grubb.

ROW Adventures says if water levels do get too high and flooding does occur they do have contingency plans to make the rafting trips less risky.

 

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