Sorry that you couldn't make it, Oakie, It was a fun level!
From a rafting perspective:
The negative? The rapids were mostly washed out
The positives? It was MOVING through the flat sections (no rowing required, except when the wind was blowing upstream, as it likes to do), and of course the scenery was as spectacular as ever
IMO, the rapids were a little disappointing at this level (i'm fairly certain most of our run was around 2000 cfs). Less navigation required, as there were far fewer hazards to avoid, and no big wave trains to make up for the lack of rock dodging and add to the fun factor. Most of the rocks were underwater and any holes were washed out. In fact, I had an oar malfunction mid-way through gaging station, but the lack of one oar didn't really seem to affect my run at all. No steering required. The far left channel at screaming left was also running, no near-rock experiences required. Skull was basically a non-event, a class II wave train at best. We hardly got wet (except when it rained).
Still, it was really fun to see the river at this level and i think that moving water through the flat sections more than made up for the slightly less exciting rapids.
Take my report with a grain of salt, though. I have only run the chama around 600 cfs in my 12ft bucket boat, on Saturday i ran my new-to-me 14 SB so the ride was bound to be slightly less exciting anyways. The kayakers in my group also mentioned that all the good play waves were washed out at this level. We spent a bit of time debating what level would be the most fun- somewhere between 600 and 2000, i guess?