Casper, Jesus man. I love you bro but you're just arguing for sport right now? This is not the first time. Anyway though, I agree these fools just don't know what's up. I'm going to predict that it will be running this weekend and can attest to the fact that at certain times there is a good deal more water in the canyon then what the gauge is reading. The canyon is the last gradient before the plains but the creek travels a pretty long way collecting tribs along it's whole length. Above the canyon there's a surprisingly wide valley (I know cause I drove the entire length of creek just about, searching for the put-in, not believing that it was back down at the bottom - whoops)
I ran it about this time a few years ago when it was peaking. It was bankful, bare minimum 500cfs in the creek, my honest estimation was more like 7-800cfs. The gauge only got to 400 on a pretty big upswing on the graph. Call bullshit or whatever but I work for AW essentially estimating flows. I'm not gonna get it within 50-100cfs sometimes but I've tested it and can tell visually the range of cfs most creeks are in pretty accurately and the Boxelder was flowing strong that day! Let's just say strong enough that it felt like a good warm-up for a trip to BC a week or two later.
All that said, if it doesn't hit around 200 on the gauge I'll be contemplating other options... but from what I've heard it's still pretty good even at relatively low flows down to somewhere around 125 on the gauge.
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