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Old 06-03-2006   #1
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Minimum Bruneau flow?

Hey kids. Any of you guys know the minimum flow for a raft on the main Bruneau?

After being postponed a couple of times, a group of us is finally ready to go. But now the water is at 800 cfs and is projected to be 650 when we put in. BLM says 500 minimum, american whitewater says 800 minimum. Anybody floated it at those levels?

Let's get lost for a few months, get a little dirt on our hands, maybe some blood.
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Old 06-04-2006   #2
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i've never been on the bruneau, but it think it depnds or raft size, weight of load, and your ability to deal with technical stuff. join the idaho whitewater group on yahoo and ask people who have lots of first hand experience.


if i'd known it was gonna be that kinda party...
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Old 06-04-2006   #3
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650 would be really low, i'd imagine you could scrape your way through though, it will be a long trip. but, the canyon is truely amazing-watch out for rattle snakes!
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Old 06-05-2006   #4
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The minimum flow for any run is always a relative term. It depends on your affinity for scraping or dragging and still having a good time with it. I did the jarbidge and bruneau about 3 years ago. We took 6 days for the whole section, and launched at about 1400 cfs, but it was dropping the whole time, and by the last day on the bruneau, we were down to about 700. The boatmen I had on the trip were pretty skilled at running technical stuff, and had a good time , but that being said, they were not happy with that low a flow on the bruneau. Don't even think about launching the jarbidge with rafts at 650 cfs, if ever. One of the rafts also ripped a big hole in the floor on a sharp rock somewhere in the class II boogie water on the last day of the bruneau, so if you love your boat, don't take it.

I would say at those flows, a more enjoyable plan is a self supported kayak or ducky trip. You could also take a shredder or small cat (10' or so) and have a good time with it. It is still quite fun in a kayak at those levels, and the scenery fantastic. I second the watch for rattle snakes remark.
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Old 06-05-2006   #5
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Thanks guys. The flows have popped back up and it looks like they'll be right around 1100 while we're there. Crossing our fingers.
Let's get lost for a few months, get a little dirt on our hands, maybe some blood.
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