I'm looking to get some info on the area. I've been staying at Hidden Beaches which is south of the dam, but I've never been on the water north of the dam. Is it just as shallow with all the same surprises (sand bars, logs, or concrete) just a couple inches under water? How crowded does the river get?

Also, is there any offroading just out of the park during the off season? I'm looking at possibly picking up a place, but don't know the area or the park real well. I want something I can use all year. Any info would be appreciated.

Thank you!!!