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Old 06-26-2014   #1
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MFS Drinking Water

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Besides at the put in and again at Indian Creek, are there places to get potable water along the MFS - springs along the route maybe or at Middle Fork Lodge and Flying B?


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Old 06-26-2014   #2
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Flying B is a yes, and we have always had good luck with the ranch at Loon. Would not consider it a given at all but 2/3 trips we talked with them and they offered. Other trip just did not see them while visiting the hot springs.

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Spring on right below Waterfall Creek (200ft?) just downstream of a large boulder.
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Old 06-26-2014   #4
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MFS Water

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Old 06-26-2014   #5
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I know of two places with good cold springs, the waterfall one has been mentioned. I can picture the other one but cant recall the adjacent streams. My friend has the gps.coordinates ill post when he gives them to me.

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Old 06-26-2014   #6
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Flying b is pretty much straight out of brush creek but everyone feels good about it since it comes out of a spigot.

Keep your one good eye open and you will find lots of good sources. Especially on the upper half. The aforementioned spring at big creek is great, about half way between the big creek bridge and waterfall creek, gushes from the right bank. Cold springs creek is another, just above jack creek RR. Many more.
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Old 06-27-2014   #7
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The B is usually all right (I've never gotten sick) but I have a clear gallon jug for my personal water and the B water is anything but clear with small debris in it sometimes.
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Old 06-27-2014   #8
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The B claims they test their water. fwiw I don't know how often

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Old 06-27-2014   #10
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I drink straight out of the Middle Fork (no filtration) for a week every year for the past decade and have never gotten sick. This is a non-issue.

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