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Are running!

If flows stay in, I'm heading there Friday night. If anyone is keen to paddle pm me.


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Are running!

If flows stay in, I'm heading there Friday night. If anyone is keen to paddle pm me.


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Flows will be in for at least a week, and probably more than two. Lots of snow left up there, lots of reservoirs with water left to spill so they can fill.
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semi-related: do you guys think we will have good flow through straight canyon at some point?
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semi-related: do you guys think we will have good flow through straight canyon at some point?
Likely.

I think that's purely the release from Joe's Reservoir. Currently at 240 cfs and rising slowly. I also gather there is still snow at the Snotel sites. Will depends on how quickly the melt hits Joe's Reservoir, which they've already dropped to 50% capacity just in case things get out of hand on the inflow.
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semi-related: do you guys think we will have good flow through straight canyon at some point?
Define "good"?

I did 2 laps of Straight yesterday at 240 and it was really fun. III+ max, and more water would be better, but it doesn't seem to get that high anymore so I wasn't going to wait around.

A rancher that wanted to shoot the breeze at the takeout said they might increase the release a bit more through Straight, but it didn't sound like it was likely to even hit 300.

Should also run at least another week, maybe two.

Also semi-related: We hiked into Left Fork Huntington from the bottom yesterday, after seeing that the releases from Rolfson Res had been increased enough to make Left Fork seemingly worthwhile. After ~3 miles (roughly halfway up) we stopped, had a brief powwow, then turned and hiked back out. Didn't even bother trying to float down -- so much wood, in such inopportune places, it seemed like it'd be more frustration than fun.
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Anyone get in there. I'm wondering what the rockfall is like now.


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we paddled it last weekend, it was awesome. No wood in play. Rockfall is still a sketchy seal launch.
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Also semi-related: We hiked into Left Fork Huntington from the bottom yesterday, after seeing that the releases from Rolfson Res had been increased enough to make Left Fork seemingly worthwhile. After ~3 miles (roughly halfway up) we stopped, had a brief powwow, then turned and hiked back out. Didn't even bother trying to float down -- so much wood, in such inopportune places, it seemed like it'd be more frustration than fun.
Good call, it only gets worse. There was a very serious avalanche or series of avalanches in the Left Fork drainage a couple of years ago. This run is shot. In some places, there is so much wood the river can't even be seen for many yards. Dynamite, Dam failure, or 100-year flood event are the only things that might resurrect the run.


Fortunately the Black Boxes, Little Grand Canyon, Ferron, and Straight (cottonwood or Joes valley) are all still good. Hope to see Straight go high like 2011 again
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I think a fire burned through there a few years back and then a bunch of those dead trees ended up in the river. Dennis Udink has some shots from last year that are pretty good examples. And also a shot of whats lost because of it. (His blog is pretty good too, heaps of great TRs all over Utah....get lost for hours reading)







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Joe's Valley is currently 67% full (5/19/2017). It typically spills ( if it is going to) mid-June. Lots of snow left, up high.
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