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Old 05-15-2013   #11
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Took off yesterday, worst section was slick horn to steer gulch, for some reason straight sections were more braided. Take note of all the damage the ice dam did to the banks. We were doing less then two miles an hour in big rafts from 66 to 77
still worth it, you will be fine in small boats

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Old 05-19-2013   #12
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Nooooooo! Looks like there's another cold spell about to hit the Silverton area!! It seems pretty similar to the three or four day cold stretch in early May that made the SJ take such a serious dive. Should we be expecting flows to drop near Bluff to ultra low levels again?? If so, does anyone care to hazard a guess as to when it will start going south and when it will bottom out?

My fear is that the low flow will catch up to me on my last couple days on the river (5/26 & 5/27). Any thoughts?

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Old 05-19-2013   #13
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Check out the forecast graph from CBRFC

Follow the link to the graph above. Also will have predicted hourly flows for the next ten days listed in a table format. very cool. Mike

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Old 05-21-2013   #14
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Just took off yesterday - the water was starting to go down again but the flow was fine.

May 16th, day 1 from Mexican Hat was pretty tough at ~275 for the bigger boats but no problem for my little cat or the duckies. All the 14' and 16' boats hung up in Gypsum Creek and multiple times through the day. The water perceptibly rose overnight and during the next day - we had a long stop at Honaker, and we could see the beach disappearing as we hiked above.

Government Rapid was fine at ~2000 or so. Last time I did it was at ~450 and much harder. After Slickhorn there were lots of hidden shallow banks (water too brown to see through) and the big boats occasionally hung up - hard to see the current - but not bad.

Lots of water in the pool at John's and in Slickhorn. No bugs. Lots of wind.

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