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Old 08-24-2012   #1
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Anybody running rafts down Lower Blue

Thinking about squezzing my 12' down the lower blue all the way down. Looks like it is about 400+? I have done around 500 with not too many problems, but was also in a mini-max. My 12' is skinny too @ 5.5'. Anybody else out there?

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I ran it yesterday at 433cfs in my 143R with no problems.

That said, I kept my rig as light and tight as I could and I've rowed that stretch enough to know what to expect at low water.

If you don't know the water that well, or aren't 100% comfortable at these levels I'd advise you sit it out and wait for the flow to come up a bit. If you do go, I'd suggest you leave the Tevas at home and wear some wading boots or sturdy shoes since you're pretty much guaranteed to get stuck in a few spots and will probably have to do a bit of boat dragging in others.

It's not impossible at this flow, but it ain't easy either.
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