JOECOOL, I loved hearing your rendition of the 1983 run at 56. Here is the question that came to me - - and I've been working on this a couple of days - - what did the water level ultimately get to in Westwater that year? Current statistics suggest that you were at the peak -- somewhere around 56/57K -- but I seem to recall seeing a graph some time ago (and I think this is at the Ranger Station, on the bulletin board) that suggest the peak that year was in the mid-70's, like around 76K or so?
My guess is they were reporting the flow at Cisco, not CO/UT state line, so the 76 number may have been both Dolores and Colordao combined. For WW flows I always look to the state line station which more accurately represents what it is in the canyon.
If you have any recollection similar to mine please let me know. I.e., if 56 was the actual peak - which USGS seems to claim - - then the sign at the Ranger Station is not based on WW flows only, but those combined with the Dolores.
Originally Posted by joecoolives
When I was 13 we ran westwater at 56,000 cfs. We were through the canyon in 2 hours with a stop at the cabin,(we tied up on the ledge where the cabin is, instead of 20 ft lower). We were bailing for our lives. There were boilers and suckers that would suck a tube into the water. Whole cottonwood tree's shooting to the surface. All the sudden there would be 15 ft. waves out of no where. I have been hoked on whitewater ever sense.