I posted a quick report on the end of the high water Lodore thread last week. Water was falling while we were on so some may have changed. (4800 dropped to 2400 like now. ) We got off on the 1 st .
Bugs were virtually non-existent except for some at the put-in and biting flies in the park. We like to spend two days in the canyon so didn’t stay down there though. I don’t think I even put on bug spray the whole time nor did my children. Nothing at Jones for the hike at all.
We stayed Kolb, Limestone, Compromise. Guess you are doing the extra day. I would bet you are going to see those biting flies at your Island campsite so be prepared, they were getting us in the boats.
All we scouted were Triplet and HHM. The only reason we scouted Triplet was on the ranger’s reco but probably didn’t need to. IMHO Disaster has more issues but is hard to scout with the water flowing around the island. Lower Disaster is getting real boney. Biggest advise is just constantly be on the lookout for sleepers and pour overs. It is getting more technical at these levels. The channels below HHM were a pain for us. I think center channel is the only way to go now. I was able to run the left side over Lucifer with no problems.
Not sure where the Yampa is so hard to say about Split. Talk to the guides at Rainbow if you catch them and have a concern. Maybe scout Moonshine if you are unfamiliar with the drop but if you’ve done it before shouldn’t be an issue.
The beaches are awesome right now after the high water. Big and nice for lunch spots. Pot, Rip, Compromise are really nice. Kolb may have developed a beach since we were there but it’s more rocky in general like Jones, although J4 looked like it had gained some sediment. (for the good.)
Oh, and there weren’t any skeeters at Echo either for the hike….oddly enough….massive beaches after the stop on the backside of Steamboat…make sure to schedule lunch there. Canyon is super green and looking great this year!