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Old 07-11-2007   #1
Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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San Juan in September

Can any tell me what the flows are like in September for the Juan. Is it still usually flowing enough to raft from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills.

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Old 07-11-2007   #2
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The all-purpose reply–

It varies.

In really low flows Sand Wash to Mexican should be okay, in a small raft without 10,000 beers. But it might end up as a long day or even an overnight run. On the full-length run, the last day above Clay Hills can be a skank at low flows because of the silting and braiding: if you pick the wrong channel, you can have a strenuous drag.

But, it varies tremendously. In early September (flashflood season) it can jump from 600 cfs to 10,000 overnight. Check the hydrographs for September 2002, and for September 2005.

The gage website is < site_no=09379500>. If that doesn't work, go to and select Utah and click on the map dot.

Like I said, it varies.

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Old 08-04-2007   #3
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San Juan,Sept

[QUOTE=Modog1;73154]Can any tell me what the flows are like in September for the Juan. Is it still usually flowing enough to raft from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills.
There is always enough water to float to Clay Hills. It all depends on your(and your trips) Skills. The last day can be tricky, And There is NO RUN @ Government Rapid. You just bounce here then there and get stuck. Or flush out???
Nonetheless if you wanna go and have room for one more with a rig. I'll show ya the way???
Big Dave
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