Originally Posted by BaseCamp
We have a permit for the lower San Juan in the 1st week of August. Feeling like we're gonna be SOL looking at the river flows. What is the lowest recommended flow for this section in 16 ft rafts? We have kiddos also and fighting sand bars while trying to keep everyone happy might not be worth it.
Actually, August can be one of the best times to float the Juan. Monsoonal moisture usually brings the side channels up a bit, but it is usually hit or miss, or hit with more trib inflow than one would really want. I wouldn't give up your permit just yet.
I have always used 500 cfs as the general cutoff for normal sized rafts. We will be keeping the base flow near that mark for most of the summer, as we release more from Navajo as needed, but sometimes the timing can be tricky and you may see flows in the 400's at times until the increased release can make it there. It becomes an operational roller coaster when we get into a pattern of monsoonal rains followed by hot and dry periods.