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James Baughn

Castor River Shut-ins no longer a secret

Posted Thursday, July 26, 2007, at 10:06 PM


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  • I would have to say I disagree with the party-goer comments made by the columnist. I frequent this spot and I don't usually run into any of the rowdy crowd he spoke of. I guess it is possible that I could be missing them. I really do not mind people "partying" and such as long as they do not bring glass bottles or leave trash. These beautiful places are ruined by people being inconsiderate with their litter! I have been going here since I was a teen and love it still today.

    -- Posted by Happy2BHere on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 12:29 PM
    James Baughn's response:
    Maybe I was just unlucky. I didn't see any trash or litter -- but I did hear some trash.
  • Thanks to you it will now be a crowded spot, why would you want to put the directions in to this spot. It is a small area and can not handle a big crowd. Why did you not put the directions to Silver Mines and Millstream gardens in, they are almost as nice and can handle a lot more people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by johnboy25 on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 4:13 PM
  • James keep up the good work and don't let folks like johnboy25 get you down. I have been to Amidon before and there is PLENTY of room...

    -- Posted by alien-human hybrid on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 7:24 PM
  • I was also ther last weekend (Sunday). When we arrived, I was downcast as there were 26 cars in the parking lot (one out on the road). We forged onward... However, upon arrival at the river, we found a place to hang our towels, a spot in the river, and it was very nice. There was less glass litter than last time, and I did pick up the sleeping bag, 3 empty beer cans, numerous cigarette butts when we left.

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Fri, Jul 27, 2007, at 10:13 AM
  • Back in the day "the place" was a popular destination for young partyers that were willing to make the long drive and then the hike back to the shut-ins bringing, coolers, food and many times the tents. Our group always made it a rule that we carried out what we carried in. No littering. There was a certain crowd that always seemed to make the trip. Most of the jerks that showed up at other swimming holes weren't willing to make the hike so everything was usually fun and very relaxed. At some point years later some moron busted a path big enough to get a 4x4 back to the shut-ins. There went the friendly atmosphere and the litter problem exploded. Our family stopped going and I later heard the land was bought by the state and was going to be a park. We've visited a couple times since but it, of course, just wasn't the same.

    Amidon will always be "the place" to me and I would give anything to go back to the days when we could camp, eat, drink and enjoy the laughter of friends and children with out some jerk looking over our shoulders making sure we're not breaking any rules.

    -- Posted by stevmo on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:45 PM
  • Just got back from Johnson's Shutins. Very crowded, so we took a drive to Castor River Shutins. I was very impressed with the surroundings. The only other people, was a couple. The area was clean. only trash we saw were a few soda cans.

    -- Posted by dcm123 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 10:03 PM
  • Update: I went to the shut-ins 8/24/2007 and they have expanded the parking lot by 100%. This time, there was more trash than before and the water is feeling the effects of the dry weather. Still very peaceful...

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Thu, Aug 30, 2007, at 5:02 PM