Let's not count our chickens before they hatch.
At this point, we can at least breathe easy that we won't have another 2002.
As for how high you guys are claiming to have run Dowd Chute:
Matt, I think I gotta call you out this one.
The top of the gauge at Dowd Chute is 9 feet. Once it gets around 7 or 7.5 feet, readings are inaccurate. The stick is located on upstream end of the piling. At high water levels, a pillow forms on the front of the piling and and the gauge sits in the cavity behind the pillow at the top of the eddy. Three years ago, the top of the gauge was still visible in the cavity. Taking the average between the top of the pillow and reading on the stick, the river was maybe 9.5 to 10 feet or so. I get a chuckle out of hearing that "so and so ran it at 14 feet" or "we ran it on a raft trip with Darrell in '95 at 12 feet". I think I was on it around peak a couple years ago and it was huge and fun. I dump-trucked at the bottom of Rodeo/Cliffside/River Run rapid on a trip (I had a writer in my boat from US News and Weekly Report. What a great day to have swimmers
Mongo's never let me forget about that one.) But once we got to the Edward's mile, the river was almost kinda washed out. Even though the gauge didn't seem any higher than in '95 or '96, there was alot of water coming in through the tributaries below the Chute. I also did some peak flow runs in '95 and '96, great big water fun. We ran quite a few "Upper Eagle" trips that season. But I have to say I have never run it over 10 feet. I don't think it has ever gotten over "10 feet" in the last 15 years. If you get a chance, check out the photos at Billy's house of him and Darrell in the Chute in the summer of '84 or '85. That was definitely a high level. "14, 15, 16 feet" who knows? The friggin gauge is under water. The water is almost 3 feet from the railroad grade at the top of the Chute. There's a massive log in the river twenty yards ahead of Billy.
In '95 and '96 we had to stop running commercial trips for a few days on the Lower Eagle. We stopped putting in above Trestle at around 6 or 7 feet due to the low bridge and big holes at bottom of the rapid. We could put in at the BLM site below Trestle for a while. But the river got too high to get under the old double arch bridge below Interstate rapid.
The trestle at the Gore Creek and Eagle confluence does become too low to float under in most years. The passage around the right side of it got clogged a couple of springs ago by the big log that took out the game fence. It could be interesting if the log jam creates somewhat of a dam there. There is a gap at the upstream end of that trestle, but more water flows into the downstream end where the log jam is. On an evening run through the Golf Course section of Gore Creek in '95 or '96, some guys did have to jump out of the raft to get under one or two of the golf cart bridges. Low duck in a kayak. We took out at Steven's Park in Intermountain. A few folks from Mongo's raft swam a hundred yards or so further downstream after he flipped in Black Bear Rapid above the takeout.
Pine Creek over 5' on the old Scott's Bridge gauge is a blast. The "S-turn hole" is a crashing wave. But the holes at the top of PC and the ledges on the banks in triple drop are big.
Clear Creek above 1000cfs is a great run. Stay out of the ledge hole in "Narrows" rapid.
Shoshone and Barrel Springs are a great big water run above 10,000cfs. Barrel Springs optional
Solomon, sorry to call you out on the Buzz. I guess I got one coming from you (I hope it's not that Gore video). I haven't seen you in a while. Thanks for the DVD's. How was Ecuador?