I paddled yesterday in the park for the first time since the step up in flows several days ago. It looks like it was in the 720-750 cfs range. Paddled with Katie, Mark O and Turtle and we were pleasantly surprised. The minimum for LoDo is definitely now higher, but it looks like around 700ish we've got a fun wave to work with. As the water has come up, the river right curler has converged with the river left curler, and the peak has solidified. The river left pocket/ shoulder is still the place to be, and I was surprised to find that it was a steep and dynamic surf, with slippery feeling spins and snappy blunts available. Also got a couple clean blunts and an airscrew.
For whatever reason, the bank work and grouting of the right wing (which was totally mandatory... I didn't want my 2 year old anywhere near that right wing. Seived out with water flowing through dangerous holes) have so far taken LoDo a notch or two toward being more of a wave. Whereas last year at this flow there was a foam pile in the middle and a nicely formed river left shoulder, we've now got a wave with a nice glassy face. Who knows what will happen with more water, but if it maintains its character and builds in size and character, we may be in for a treat. Will be exciting to watch the water come up!
Also, Jahv, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the upper hole. It was deep and cartwheel/ spinnable yesterday and already faster than the Downtown Hole. We'll see, but it's trending toward being a good intermediate hole this season.
Happy paddling everyone. Stay warm in this blizzard