Originally Posted by jefflaforge
What do you mean form your own group? We have 4 solid kayakers from CA heading out to Colorado early May for a week of boating. Just hoping to find some beta on the run/ logistics- looks like an awesome section!
Sorry, I thought you were planning a solo run. Early May is when it begins to ramp up. It can change quickly. This years snowpack is only slightly behind 2011. That year it went from 8000 cfs to 20,000 between May 7th and 10th. Last year, with average snowpack it went from 3000 to 13,000 between May 13th and 19th. I had a permit for the 19th and most of my group bailed when they saw it might get into the "terrible teens" when the river really takes on a different character. Above 20,000 more features get washed out. This year I am going on the 3rd hoping it will be before runoff really gets going.
As far as regulations, I would talk to the BLM and make a note of who you speak with. The Rangers at the put-in could have their own interpretation.