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Old 05-11-2011   #11
 
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In order to limit flooding downstream of Jensen UT so they say.

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Old 05-11-2011   #12
 
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Just curious, why is the release from Flaming Gorge dependent on the Yampa peak?
To provide scrubbing peak flows for squawfish downstream of the confluence with the Yampa, not like the 9200 didn't already do that.

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Old 05-11-2011   #13
 
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Not scrubbing, and definately not flood protection, it's actually to maximize the over bank flooding (which, since they're talking about sandbags in Jensen, sounds well accomplished this year). The squawfish / pikeminnow nurseries are in the flood plains just downstream of Jensen - the longer the waters are in the flood plains, the longer the smelt have to grow up big enough to survive in the main channel. There is a wildlife sanctuary at the end of one of the roads - or, according to one of the locals one time, a "duck pond".

I'll never understand killing off a 6' monster of a sportfish to grow a bunch of 18" trout...
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Old 05-11-2011   #14
 
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We ran the Gates 6 or so years ago at somethin like 7k and it was fun as shiat. Way better with high water. Pretty boney with usual flow of 1000 cfs.
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Old 05-14-2011   #15
 
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Due to downstream considerations
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Old 05-18-2011   #16
 
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We have a permit for June 22. It is looking like the flows will either be around 4600 cfs or up around 8000+ cfs.

For those of you that have run the river at those levels, could you please post some info about the rapids. I have run it many times at 2000 cfs and below, but never in high water. I would appreciate some comments on what the rapids are like. Especially Triplet and Hell's Half Mile. I have heard of people having trouble in Triplet, but would like to know more details on the best run, etc.
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Old 05-18-2011   #17
 
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We have a Lodore launch date for May 27. Looks like Green above Yampa will be in the 4-5k range. The Yampa is cranking at 16k right now so below confluence its at 20-22k.

I'll post our experience when we return.
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Old 05-18-2011   #18
 
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We have a permit for June 22. It is looking like the flows will either be around 4600 cfs or up around 8000+ cfs.

For those of you that have run the river at those levels, could you please post some info about the rapids. I have run it many times at 2000 cfs and below, but never in high water. I would appreciate some comments on what the rapids are like. Especially Triplet and Hell's Half Mile. I have heard of people having trouble in Triplet, but would like to know more details on the best run, etc.
talked to the river office this AM, she said Harp Falls was huge.
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Thanks for the info. We put in Friday. Will have a report next week.
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Old 05-18-2011   #20
 
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I'm interested to know status of camping at Jones Hole with flows 25K - 30K. Have a great trip and may all your dropped gear float....
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