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Old 05-17-2011   #1
 
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San Miguel River latest info

A couple of things going on in our river: strainer down in the bilk creek Ė deep creek section, there was a power line in the river somewhere between specie to beaver run but I think itís gone now; just beware in case Iím wrong, also one of the bridges has really long screws on the underside of the bridge down in the same area (I know you are all wearing helmets so it wonít hurt you) so try not to scalp yourself on those.

If anyone has further safety updates for the Mighty Miguel please post em.

Thanks and have fun out there...
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there's a very, very hazardous river wide river level log in the sawpit rapid as of tonight. very fast section and hard to see. look and see if it is still there before you launch.
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Log is gone- thanks Tyler.

for the novelty-mank inclined, lower bilk is clean up to the 2nd Bilk bridge now...
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There is a large strainer, almost river wide below Caddis Flats (RV Corner) and above Specie. It is right in front of the old corral that you can see from the highway. There is an option to eddy out river left just above the strainer and walk your boat around on the cobble flats. Would take a lot of water to move this big Ponderosa.
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Strainer at the three wise men

Log blocking a portion of the river at the three wise men. Heads up.
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where is the three wise men? Sawpit section?
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yep, just above Sawpit rapid. Below is info sent in an email this AM to San Miguel Whitewater. I ran Specie to Beaver last night and it was clear, though obvious that wood is on the move........



I just heard from John at T.O. and he found a new strainer as of this morning that goes from river right to the center of the river to the middle rock. The center rock has a huge root ball on it essentially making that section impassable. Remember that the first rock on river left has a constant strainer on it too. So, until you hear from me that the log has been removed you will want to take out and portage the rapid.

Have fun at bluegrass!

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Log is gone- thanks Tyler.

for the novelty-mank inclined, lower bilk is clean up to the 2nd Bilk bridge now...
Steven, thanks for cleaning that; I forgot my saw last week and had to skip the upper half. I also got shut down on Barlow creek for the same reason. Is there any other similar mank around? Thanks!
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lower roaring fk and bear creek into the upper dolores
howard's fk of the miguel through ames (upper south fk miguel)
lower keystone canyon of miguel
rico falls (dolores above rico)
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Mandatory Portage - 3 sisters, San Miguel

"I just heard from John at T.O. and he found a new strainer as of this morning that goes from river right to the center of the river to the middle rock. The center rock has a huge root ball on it essentially making that section impassable. Remember that the first rock on river left has a constant strainer on it too. So, until you hear from me that the log has been removed you will want to take out and portage the rapid."

Yes, this is a mandatory portage, and not an easy eddy in fast water. We did it yesterday, and almost missed the last chance to pull out river right. There is a bit of an eddy just before the corner above it, where the power lines cross back over to river right.

Wondering if it would be possible to winch it out, since it is so close to the road?
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