I ran the Gorge last summer at 1130 if memory serves, might have been 1240. Anyway it was still class III. There was one rapid that a bunch of people were scouting that was more like III+/IV- with a bunch of boulders and somewhat tight lines for my 14' raft. Most of the other rapids were straight forward class III. It was a fun trip, but the scenery and spending time with friends were the highlights, not the whitewater. I think that high water doesn't start until it gets fairly big, like 3,500. I hear that the fishing here and below this stretch can be great.