The Argo Cascades: Wild Ride
Those who own a canoe, however, can still try their luck. Mike Hood says he's gone down several times in one of his vintage wood-and-canvas canoes. The guide says he's run whitewater in that canoe with few problems, but in the Cascades, it was damaged twice. "In my opinion," he says, "these 'cascades' are not fit for canoes most of the time."
The city has done some "tweaking" since the Cascades opened, Saam says. Last year, rubber baffles were installed in one of the chutes, and in May, TSP shortened and widened the steep and bumpy exit to the Huron.
Colin Smith says he frequently visited the Cascades last year and that livery staffers were nearby to help anyone in distress. But Hood says he was the only one who helped the kayakers in trouble. He'd like to see the city post a lifeguard or other trained first responder to continually watch the Cascades. Not to do so, he says, is risking significant liability--which he fears may result in closing the feature entirely.
"You simply can't mix poor design with inexperienced or novice paddlers with no supervision or instruction," he says. "It is only a matter of time before something tragic, but completely foreseeable, is going to happen here."