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Old 05-05-2008   #1
prescott, Arizona
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dolores at 800

hi all,

some friends and i are planning to do a bradfield to bedrock run from may 17 to 24. the dolores water district's current plan is to run it up to 2000 cfs for the weekend (may 17 and 18 ) and then ramp down to maybe 800 midweek.

in your opinion, how tough will in be to get our boats through (2-16' cats and 2 - 14' rafts) at 800. we haven't been on the dolores before.



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Old 05-05-2008   #2
SMCanyon, Colorado
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You can't count the DWC's predictions so it could be higher. I doubt it will be lower - still a lot of snow out there. Once you're below 3 mile R its not a big deal. Slower, more rocks to look out for. Keep it light if possible.

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Old 05-05-2008   #3
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thanks for the reply.

we'll be running as light as possible. we have one boat leaving at slickrock and were planning a resupply from his vehicle.
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Old 05-05-2008   #4
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One thing to bear in mind is that later in the trip there'll be less weight on the boats. If you wind up scraping down some rocky sections you can always console yourself by remembering 800 cfs is likely better than the the peak flows in some not so distant years....

Have a good trip,

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Old 05-06-2008   #5
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FYI, I called and talked to them yesterday and what they said jives with this (taken from their website):

Starting Thursday night and through Friday flows will rise for the weekend, May 10-11, into the 1300 to 1700 cfs range through Sunday. Next week’s flows are being set up for ecological improvements and should remain between 2000 to 3000 cfs all week. The following weekend, May 17-18 expected to remain near 2000 cfs and ramping down late Sunday. Memorial Day forecast coming soon, certainly expect to have above 800 cfs, more next week. Preliminary forecast for May 1, 2008 came down about 11%, but remains near 400,000 AF for the spring runoff.

I'm curious as to what the river will be like at 2 to 3 thousand, 'cause I may go. What's it like at that level?

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