Originally Posted by Fall line
Yea thanks i've been looking at that site. I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to look up last years flow drop during that period. Plus like you said this is a much bigger year. Anyways looking forward to the trip, can't get here soon enough.
Howdy Fall Line,
This can be a tricky site to use the first time out. You can look up last year by choosing "daily statistics" from the drop down menu at the top of the page. Then check "discharge" and put in your dates. If you only want to look at last year, type in 2007, 06 (for June) and your days. Since your trying to get a sense of how fast it'll drop, try a 2007 start date a month before your trip and an end date a month after, or something like that. When it comes to prediction, looking at multi-year averages will be more accurate than looking at a single year.
HOWEVER... Not only is this year a heavier snow year, resulting in more runoff from the Yampa, etc. but wildlife managers are trying to improve habitat for the pike minnow by releasing more water from Flaming Gorge dam.There was a new plan in place for May-June 2008 to match to runoff from the Yampa with dam releases up to a total of about 18000 cfs. My hunch is that this explains the longer period of high flows this spring. There's some info on this at the Flaming Gorge Bureau of Reclamation website.
Bottomline: Should be lower by the time you get on the river. How much lower, who knows? As others have mentioned, most if not all of the rapids are more straightforward at higher levels and good camping is still available at 20,000+. If it stays high, the bugs shouldn't be quite as bad for your trip. Have a good time.