Originally Posted by danger
is the north fork dam released?
Yes, the NF is a continuous release out of the shallow and warm Cascade Reservoir in Cascade, ID. Much of the water that comes down the Payettes is used for irrigation in the region downstream of the whitewater. It is a nice arrangement that keeps the flows up all season and keeps the fields irrigated all the same.
2,000 is a great medium flow. For reference, it has been run as high as 7 or 8 grand. Most summers they release between 1,500 and 2,000. Sections of the run can be fun as low as 400 cfs, but it is not the same experience once it drops below 1,500.