no joke.... nick and i have hit it a 450 on a couple occasions. that is the highest i have seen the gage since i've lived here. we went in one time with bader, sage, and some other guy; 5 of us total. 2 years ago. i went first, nick was behind me, the three others never made it to the bottom. one swam in the hole at dead hiker (i won't name him) the other 2 hiked out separately on the river left out of the gorge. if you run the source a bunch, you would see that one of the old foot bridges is missing. nick and i made it under, sage hit it right in the middle and took whole thing out. the bridge went completely under water and sage floated over it. iv never seen anything like it. it hit 450 a few times last year. if i remember correctly it came up to 450 a couple days one week, dropped back down, and then a week or two later it came back up to that level again. forest ran it with me once last year at that level on the 2nd peak. that thing becomes a fucking rock n roll roller costar and one of the best runs in the state. no stopping, huge stomping holes, and you better make your boofs. there does not seem to be too much difference between 350 and 400 - when it get to 450 the thing turns into a wild animal. you do have to remember to take into account the water coming from jasper so the gage will not always be consistent with the amount of water in the source. unfortunately i have to work tonight fred, but i am down for an 8 am run tomorrow before work. even at the low point, it should still be in the the mid 300s.
sorry this is long, but im bored