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Old 05-17-2016   #1
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??Rafting Labyrinth Canyon at 13000

I know that it has been discussed before but I am hoping that someone will give me the answer I am looking for!
I'm planning a Memorial weekend trip down the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon. Flow is about 12-13000 cfs right now. Up river winds could be in the teens. Would the raft just be a punishing journey or are the flows high enough to make it a fun float. I've done it several times in a canoe and really want to take my raft and all the junk it holds if at all possible. Thanks for the advice.

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Old 05-17-2016   #2
Arboles, Colorado
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We've taken our 16' bucket Avon down at 2k and at 35k and around that time period and have had no problems.....camps get limited when the river is in the upper range and if you are on the downside of the peak, mosquitos everywhere...and I do mean everywhere except when your on the water.

Biggest downside for memorial day weekend is the usual Memorial Day Friendship Float, which is a motor regada of boats from Green River down to the confluence and back up to Moab on the Colorado. They haven't had it the last several years due to low flows, but I'd check and find out before I went. If its on, you may want to find another section or be prepared for lots of motor boats and very limited and competitive camping.

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Old 05-17-2016   #3
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We floated labrynth last year in July. Water was lower than 12000 but don't remember exact numbers. We all took 16' rafts and had no problems. We did bring a motor to make it easier but it wasn't necessary. Had a great family float trip and would do it again.
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Old 05-18-2016   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I am actually going the weekdays before Memorial weekend and hopefully will miss a crowd. I agree about the lack of campsites at high water. We had real issues during a Stillwater high water trip a few years past. One of my concerns is the prediction for 15-20 mph. We will just have to get on the river earlier! The winds were a pain in the canoe and would probably make a raft trip miserable.
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Old 05-18-2016   #5
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Take the raft. At higher flows some of the camps are not as easy to stop at, so have somebody quick at the bow with a rope ready.
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Old 05-18-2016   #6
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We'll be in there with 2 motor snouts launching GRSP Sat 28th. We'll be at Mineral around 5/31 and continuing through cat.

I usually have a small 5 hp on my raft for just those special windy afternoons with mild current. I'm one of those "rather have it and not need it..." types.

Maybe we'll see each other and share a beer... er two...
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Old 05-18-2016   #7
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Forecast for that stretch of the Green is to fluctuate between 14k-20k in the coming week. You are approaching the normal peak time-frame so those numbers seem fairly accurate.

Those winds seem about accurate for the season though it would reflect the stable winds not the gusts. Everything along the Colorado and Green in that region this time of the year sees crazy early morning and afternoon gusts. Gotta love the spring weather patterns.

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Old 05-18-2016   #8
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I had one day of pure torture in a canoe on the Green just trying to keep the bow into the wind. On my Cataraft I would have ended upstream in Green River State Park. We built in an extra day so everyone's reassurances are appreciated. The previous thread on this subject told the buzzard who asked the question to leave his raft at home. We will see which what happens. Thanks for giving me the advice that I wanted to hear! SYOTR
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Old 05-18-2016   #9
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W's are W's and they are going to suck no matter what vehicle you are least the raft will have plenty of beverages should you desire/need them and you can turn and pull the raft. Don't see that happening much with a canoe! ultra light is great and good and well and I commend all those who do it. I also believe that if I invested all this good money in my rafting equipment for the vacations of the rest of my life, I'm damn well going to use it every chance I get.....and as much of it as possible!!! Have a great float and enjoy your trip.

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