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Old 05-04-2012   #11
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I ran my raft with oars down it last year at 4.3 on the PineView rock and it was a fantastic level. I've kayaked it as low as 3.3 on the rock and it was definitely getting boney at that level. The river is so wide on some of the Rustic stretches that it gets real shallow real fast.

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Old 05-04-2012   #12
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I've run 3.5' to 5' in a 12' Cat. Would not drive for less than 3.5' because the Stevens to BTO is much better at low water. Above 4.5' the bridge becomes a problem, we portaged at 5'.

Lots of private property, difficult to camp from raft. Lots of car camping on the road that heads south (Pingree Rd) about a mile up.

Paulk, I hope your right about 4.6' for 4 to 5 weeks, but it seems optimistic. I think people are going to be amazed how low and how early we see peaks. I'm going to predict under 4' and before Memorial Day.
Did the Yampa peak at 6k last week of April?

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