Originally Posted by ecoman
After reading all the posts I thought I would chime in. A couple years back I ran from Stone Bridge to Salida east at 4300 cfs. I made the mistake of not checking the flows and thought it was at the level the day before around 3800. I run this section all the time as I live 10 minutes from Stone Bridge. I got my ass spanked. Barely made it under the 166 bridge as I lay on the deck I could here my oar locks scraping against the I beams and If I had been off a foot or two it would have been wrap city or worse. Got to the dam and it was just one big pourover the boat chutes merge into the dam flow. Also the downtown bridge we barely made it under. I almost flip twice and ejected my dog out once from a hole that is usually never there. So my advice is stay off the Ark till it comes down at least in these sections discussed. I do not want to read about you dying in my local paper!
Thanks for the info. I was already 90% out for running stone bridge to Rincon Saturday with my boys but you definitely sealed it. Sounds like what is normally a great family float turns into something quite different here. Not sure what would happen if my oar locks caught on the I-beams but the mental image sure isn't good.
Now just need to see if I can find an alternative run for Saturday suitable for an 11 year old - everything is running so high.