Jar-B TR for our trip 4/1-5/4/11
Flows on Jarbidge was about 2-300cfs (low) at put in.
Flows on Jarbidge near confluence with Bruneau were about 4-500, after confluence about 1000.
Flows continued to rise with numerous low elevation tribs to about 1300-1400 (medium).
On the Jarbidge we spend one night, just after the first portage (launched about 11am camped about 6pm). We did not recognize any class III from a kayakers perspective, again the water was low. Day 2 on the Jarbidge had one class III that may approach a IV with water and another portage. Allow 4 hours for both portages total. Also, the scenery is unbelievable.
The bruneau was super scenic! The higher flows made it tolerable for our small cats as well. Camping is easy and did I mention the scenery is unreal. There are a few class IV rapids in here, boat scouting is fine for a veteran, I would even have a novice follow without a look. Most drops end in pools so there is ample clean up time, but you do need a boat to get out of this whole run so stay in it or with it.
We would have been comfortable with 4K on the gauge, in fact flood would be fine for good boaters. We did it in 3 nights, 4 days paddling, one day was 30+ miles and was VERY LONG. I recommend an earlier start on day 1 or add a night.
Thanks to Russell in the above post for hooking us up with a ride! He is the SHIT and only added to our unbelievable experience! We do expect to see you in the 4 corners soon Russ!
I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!