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Old 01-19-2010   #1
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Arizona predicted to run or flood Friday 1/22

Deepsouth and mania already pointed this out on the snowpack thread. Since the predicted level of the Salt has since tripled from yesterday's prediction, I figured it was worthy of starting a new thread for those interested.

Arizona is about to run huge. As of this morning, Friday's peak predicted flows are as follows:
Salt River peaking between 50-106k.
Tonto (Hellsgate) near 50k.
East Verde river near 20k.
Agua Fria near 55k.
Santa Maria near 25k.

Anyone know the highest water descent of the Salt River in a kayak or raft? Anyone know highest water descents for some of the other runs? Thinking the backside of these spikes might be at about 10-20% of the peak, which may lead to some beautiful water levels, and some stuff that is still way too high.


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Old 01-19-2010   #2
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damn. i might quit my job.

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Old 01-19-2010   #3
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I have a raft, I need to bring it back home, but I have a raft.................
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Old 01-19-2010   #4
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I plan on getting some. Maybe at peak. Friends did it in rafts last year at 28k. Obviously pushy. Some need to get to lines or trouble. I don't trust the quick drop they forecast....
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Old 01-19-2010   #6
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At Camp Verde, the forcast is saying close to 76kcfs. Have fun out there!
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Old 01-19-2010   #7
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If you plan to boat the rise, the peak flows or the early drop, be prepared to share the river with trees, fence wire, cars, cows and any and everything else that gets swept in the drainages. The eddies will be chocked full of timber and working like meat-grinders. Angry water. The best rides will be post flood.
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Oh shit, I don't really have any work this week...I think it may be time to head to AZ...anyone else game?
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Old 01-19-2010   #9
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I'd like to hit something this weekend. Agua Fria maybe, or the Santa Maria. Give me a call if your paddling in AZ this weekend. (970)987-1507

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Old 01-19-2010   #10
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Kyle- check this gauge for Salt prediction, too- still awesome, but not 100k.

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