Originally Posted by deepsouthpaddler
Yo Buzzards. I just got off the phone with Jim, the guy that does long draw operations.
Water supplies are very low this year, and instead of doing continuous water deliveries (ie continuous flows out of long draw or chambers), water supply co plans to deliver water every other week. Current plans are to ramp up long draw saturday may 26th (memmorial day weekend) to about 200 ish cfs. Plan is to deliver water for 5 days and then shut long draw off for the next week. The week after they plan to turn the water back on to deliver more water. They are planning 7 deliveries which should get them into mid August. They might not turn on long draw every week... they might alternate between chambers and long draw.
This is Jim's best guess right now, and of course its subject to change. If long draw bumps up to 200 next weekend, that might be the best option to hit the big south this year. I spoke with the forest service today about early gate opening, and they said that the fire is taking up all of their focus and they aren't even thinking about opening roads. Bummer.
We did the barnes meadow reservoir paddle / hike combo to get into the second 1/2 of big south and tacked on spencer heights a couple years ago and that was a fun adventure day. Memmorial day weekend might be a good time to attempt that. The extra flow will certainly help out all the poudre river runners as well.
Keep an eye on that long draw gauge. Seems like they typically turn it on late morning (11ish or so).
This is really good information for everyone that uses the poudre, not just BS boaters thanks!!!
-I think scheduled releases like this should be public information, posted on a website somewhere, what do these guys think they own the water that flows out of RMNP or something?
-If Long Draw/Chambers/Joe Wright releases would coincide with eachother we could actually plan when there would be enough water to float the poudre later this summer. Someday...