Originally Posted by Ole Rivers
Since the flow was around 2100 cfs on 6/21/07, how did the canyon run at this level?
Did you see any blockages or newly displaced logs, wood or other debris?
Anyone else run the canyon at this or highest levels of 2600 cfs on 6/18?
Hasn't been at these levels for a long time. Other than the lost paddle, bet it was a good ride!
It was a great ride until the first diversion dam! It was my first time down the Lower Blue so I can't really compare it to lower flows. We definitely were moving quickly though - a few catchable surf waves enroute, then the big play wave (1/2 way down?) looked a bit frothy - we surfed it on the side which wasn't too grabby. The wall rapid (main rapid) was pretty straightforward, we went right of center to center. There was a tree lodged parallel with the river at 2100 cfs on the far right side about 2/3rds of the way down the rapid - easy to avoid. Other than that I didn't see any problems with wood or other debris.
If you can, get over and scout the diversion dams. I went right of center and was not lined up well - quickly got punished. I see that someone else posted to go left of center on the first dam - probably a good call. I can't speak about the second dam b/c I portaged that one after losing my paddle.
It's definitely a beautiful run. Have a great one.