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.