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Old 05-08-2015   #11
Powell butte, Oregon
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We floated the Minam to Troy section a few years ago at 1600 cfs when we put on (that was in late July, not May!), it was bony but still no problems. Lots of dodgem but never had to get out and drag the boat We saw two bears, one near camp, but it was not interested in us.
The first weekend of April this year my daughter and I did the same section (2x the water!), we found nice camps about 4 miles from put-in, not long after Red Rock rapid, on river left; our second night was on a really nice small beach, river right at about RM 73-ish; our last night was just above Sickfoot Creek, at an old homestead site on river right. Kind of a cool location to poke around.
We saw dozens of raptors, waterfowl and I saw the first whitetail deer I've seen in Oregon.
It's a beautiful float - enjoy!!

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Old 05-08-2015   #12
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Thanks folks. Keep the information coming. Everything is in flux right now as I picked up a May 31 cancellation for a more desired stretch of river; I won't be able to justify enough time off for both so I am scrambling to make the MF work if possible. Hard to know right now until email invites trickle back in over the next few days. Missing the days when all of my friends had the same time off and were jonesing for river time.


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Old 05-11-2015   #13
port angeles, Washington
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lots of great camps

We just did the Minam to Heller Bar last week and only saw one other boat. Lot's of great camps above Sickfoot Creek. There are several camps that are usable below Troy. The one at State Line is not great but is flat, big and has shade. The one we like is on the Oxbow on river right and not the one on the left that is private property. It's when the river almost gets back to the'll spot it on the right. It's small but if you only have a few people really the best one on that section with no cow damage. Below it there is another good spot on McNeil Island, but the beach isn't that great for the boats.

Below Boggans there are only a few camps that are not cattle damaged, my favorites are at about river mile 11.5 and Deer Creek.

The river will be too low within the next 2 weeks so get after it.........Gary
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Old 05-11-2015   #14
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Looks like GR is still likely on.

What is the lower threshold for most folks launching at Minam? Troy? Friends say around 700-800 cfs is doable with a few gravel bars below Boggans. Not sure how to compute upper river info without gauges.

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Old 05-11-2015   #15
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I don't know minimums but when I researched it last year, the narrows gets really narrow at low flows...but I'm not sure when it goes from "tight but floatable" to "need to rope big boats through it". There were plenty of videos of the low flows and very few of the higher flows. I didn't find any videos at flows near the transition.
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Old 05-11-2015   #16
cedar city, Utah
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Been on the lower run and through the narrows at low water but can't remember what level. Was a fast, tight run. Had a lot of fun with it.

Mostly curious about issues above confluence with Walllowa (from Minam down). I will be in a relatively lightly loaded 12 foot Avon but not sure when it gets too abusive for the rig.

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Old 05-11-2015   #17
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Looks like it should be between 3.5-4.0 the week I am shooting for. Roughly seems to translate from 1000 cfs to 1600-ish.

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Old 05-11-2015   #18
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Did Minam to Troy last year. Put on at about 1200. Took off at about 900. Moderately loaded 14' raft. Definitely low but easy to read the low water channel if you are comfortable with that. Got stuck once on day 1. Not because of a gravel bar, but because I was enjoying the scenery and quit paying attention to a sleeper rock I ran up on. Spectacular campsites from the GR confluence until the bridge/boat ramp above Troy. On the drive home I saw more people putting in at Minam with fully loaded boats even at 900. I'd say that is pushing the floor for low flows.
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Old 05-12-2015   #19
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Originally Posted by OregonRafter View Post
putting in at Minam with fully loaded boats even at 900. I'd say that is pushing the floor for low flows.
Insanity , worst part about flows well below 900, no people and you have to hike way too far across the cobble bar to camp.

All photos above were below 700. With skill, less stuff, good low water reading, and no sniveling. Don't blame me if you get horribly stuck though 200 feet on the wrong side of a wide section cause you took the wrong micro slot.
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Originally Posted by shappattack View Post sniveling.
This is a whitewater forum. Good luck with this one.

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