Originally Posted by montuckyhuck
Not going to want to go near the upper Shoshone if you are looking for class III. The stuff closer to Cody would be better but there are still some big waves at med/high flows. Alpine canyon should be really fun and managable below 9 0r 10k. Just ask any one of the summer rubber train where taco is and make sure to miss it.
Actually the Shoshone is the perfect place in Mid- August for class II-III, just depends on where you put in.- The first couple sections below the dam are class IV or more with one section as the exception, but it is not fun to get a raft down there. However, the Red Canyon section and below would serve you well. Put in
behind the rodeo grounds and float to the center of town highway 120 bridge or continue another 7 miles to the Highway 14 bridge, both are common commercial takeouts, well developed. By mid August, I guarantee there won't be high flows, (although I wouldn't mind), but as the river is dam controlled, we have nominal summer flows of at least 1,000 or better into late Sept.
The lower Northfork of the Shoshone. might still be feasible at that time, depends on how fast run off happens.
Some scenic stuff on the lower Clark's fork at that time as well.
By mid August, I doubt the Snake will be at 9-10 k- more like 5,500- 7,000- but that's better for your case anyway.
As your trip approaches call Gradient Sports in Cody- 307-587-4659 for more detailed beta and flows.