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Old 03-12-2014   #41
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Hmm thanks Ted. I guess same deal for the Jarbidge/Bruneau?

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Old 03-12-2014   #42
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Actually not so much the same. It's kind of a misnomer to call the bruneau a desert river. Rather, it is a mountain river that flows into the desert. Unlike the owyhee, a significant portion of its flow IS derived from high mountain headwaters (Jarbidge wilderness), so it follows a more predictable snowmelt pattern, ie may and June. The true desert portions will kick in the early season water (apr) which can be important for tribs like the wf or sheep creek, and can make early season main bruneaus possible. Jarbidge tends to not have much water till that high elevation starts melting.

Unfortunately the bruneau snowpack is bad this year too and there will not be much of a season either, may not see many peaks over 1000 and not for long, if even that high. Rain can always change that.

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Old 03-31-2014   #43
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Deep Creek

Would like to paddle Deep Creek to Rickert's on the East Fork of the Owyhee in IKs.

I've got a week, leaving around April 20.

Anyone know if there's any chance there will be enough water?
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Old 04-02-2014   #44
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Looks like the spring flow is ramping up. How hi and for how long is the big question.

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 13181000 OWYHEE RIVER NR ROME OR
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Old 04-02-2014   #45
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I think this one was rain driven agian.. A big storm came through and the jordan valley raod cam had a lot of fresh snow on it this morning..
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Old 04-07-2014   #46
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Originally Posted by D-Sieve View Post
Tuesday Morning Breakfast in Rome. Wednesday evening take-out at Birch Creek. 1270cfs at put-in. And falling. 1 night, 2 days, a TON of crazy-beautiful river! Saw nobody. Jack, THE shuttle guy, said that we were number 1. Hell yeah, we were. 1 kayak w/16 ft. cat. Hope it comes up again. That's a beautiful place.

Awesome video Dave. I live in K-Falls and have been wanting to take my rig over there for years... My goal is next Feb/March if I can find a sweet 3 day period to run over there. Between now and then, I'll have to settle for reading up on other trips, and hope I can get familiar with the logistics of shuttle and rapids...

Anyway, enjoyed watching - thanks

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516... What would be the minimum flow for a packraft? I'm sure I could go now, but it's dropping pretty fast. I'm still crossing my fingers that the Escalante (River) will run, but I need a plan B for next week.
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we have taken 16' rafts down at 700... I think it should be fine I saw a trip report of an IK trip that was real low I will see if I can find it..
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here it is... you will be fine.. Low-Water Owyhee: Part I | Souls + Water | NRS Community
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516... What would be the minimum flow for a packraft?
My friends did three very long days from Rome to Birch Cr. with a couple of 14 ft cats and a Puma at 230 cfs.

Real adventure is only one bad decision away.
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