We are new to this sport, and after having purchased a used but solid Avon Adventurer over the winter, would like to plan an easy trip to get our feet wet (hah a pun). We are 4 people- 2 late teens and my wife and I.
A friend suggested the E fork of the Carson river in California. Since we live within 4 hours of Markleeville (the put in I understand) that sounds fine. I think it's a pretty popular 2-day run with families, but I hope I can ask just a couple of questions:
1) I have been tracking the flow here USGS Current Conditions for USGS 10308200 E FK CARSON RV BLW MARKLEEVILLE CK NR MARKLEEVILLE
I wonder if someone can suggest what a good range of CFM is for this river? We were hoping to do the trip in mid-June. I don't want to have to drag the boat with too low water levels since I realize the flow depends on snow melt only.
2) I have a couple of old life preservers, and have been looking on Craigslist to add to the collection, but most of the ones for sale seem to be geared to water skiing. Does this matter?
3) I hear there is a hot spring at the half way point where we'll camp. I have a feeling it will be a popular spot. Should we pull out above or below the springs?
Thanks for any tips thrown my way-