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This is an easy paddle, with the only thing difficult about it being the mileage. There are several great camping site along the way that sit high above the river and out any potential wind. I recommend pulling out before you get to the Swanson River bridge, as the last portage is anti-climatic and unnessessary. No four legged creatures were observed on this trip, but we saw plenty of Bald Eagles, duck, and other fowl along the way. All and all it is the easier by far of the two routes down the Swanson and could be done in a day if desired (but who wants to cut a paddle short!?!?! ) Total time on the river was 9 hours of paddling. We overnited at a nice campsite on a bank that had a gorgeous view of the wilderness. There are only a few gravel bars to present canoe difficulty.