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Old 06-30-2013   #1
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Main Salmon in August

Has anyone run the Main Salmon in early August? I ran it at 18,000 cfs and would like to know what the flow is this time of year.

Also, should I bring my playboat or creek boat? The only reason I am hesitating on the playboat is being in it for a week straight could be painful.

Any info appreciated.

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Posts: 3,121 as hell, and low water. I'm going to guess under 0 ft. at Corn Creek. Rafter, not kayaker, so no opinion on which boat. You'll have adequate current, but there are some slower, flat water stretches (Salmon Lake).

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Old 06-30-2013   #3
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Been down the Main twice in August. Very hot, but beautiful run.

Most camps are in the direct afternoon sun or at least the ones we got were.

We slept in and got on the water late did this to take advantage of cool river water. Got to camp late and set up the shade tarps and got in the water to cool off. Did not cook until sun went behind the ridge.

Both times in a kayak. Suggest a comfortable river runner as surfing is good. Playboat would work and some good play spots but would be a painful ride for most folks by the end of the day.
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Old 06-30-2013   #4
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Definitely make sure your group is bringing tarps for shade. Camps on river left tend to get shade a little sooner than on river right. We do the opposite of okieboater. We get out of camp early while it's still cool, and get to our next camp before the afternoon winds kick up. It's hot when we get to camp, but we put up the tarps, and go for a swim. Otherwise we do has okieboater.....wait until evening to cook. Either way....just know it's going to be hot and plan for that. Have fun. It's a great favorite.
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