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Old 06-29-2015   #21
SLC, Utah
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Originally Posted by SummitSurfer View Post
Dude......we bailed yesterday and camped in Fruita, the mesquitos and nats were soooooo bad. After the can of Off was gone, you couldnt go anywhere near the water without being bit-swarmed by hundreds of mesquitos. We stayed 3 nights, Cottonwood sites suprisingly seemed manageable, forget anything below that. Signed "itchy from head to toe"
Oh man, thanks for the info, though maybe not the info I wanted. Were they bad during the day while floating too, or just around camp in the evenings? Appreciate any extra info. Thanks.

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Old 06-30-2015   #22
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During the blistering heat of the day, no mesquitos! But dont even think about going down to the boat or river after 6 pm or before 9 am. The heat seemed to drive them off. We stayed 3 nights. First night at Cottonwood 2 was "ok" with OFF and fire going. But Salt Lick and down....ugh!!! I went to the boat to grab food, sprayed from heat to toe, or so I thought, when I was there for 2 minutes and returned to camp my daughter thought my ears were bleeding. I apprently got stung quite a few time in my ears and swated my face and ears killing enough blood suckers my ears were red w blood :0
I was telling Shaun the Ranger and he says he's never seen them this bad.
I do this run about 5 times a year and have NEVER experienced them this bad. Hate to over react, but I think Swarm would be appropriate.
But conditions change fast out there, maybe I just hit the peak time. I would call Shaun-The ranger at GJ BLM and get bug update before going, or maybe chat with Alex at permit line, shes great resource too. Sorry for bad news, but thought families should know.
In other news, we spent last days at HighLine State park in Loma and had a blast swimming in warm reservoir water and oddly....little mesquito issues in camp there.

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Old 07-05-2015   #23
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We decided to go after talking to a couple guides who confirmed that at least Cottonwood was manageable. Sounded hit or miss below that. We found Cottonwood to be pretty bad for about an hour or so before dark, but then the bugs went away. Morning was a bit buggy, but not bad. Black Rock 7 was pretty much bug free. Seems they are on the downswing as things dry out.
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Old 07-05-2015   #24
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I have had some weird things happen with kids and moving water. If the flow is up, put life jackets on them as soon as they get out of the truck. Watch them closely.

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