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Old 02-14-2015   #11
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Originally Posted by JustinJam View Post
I won a june 17th permit but have never done the SJ. Is this going to be drag the boat type flows?
I would certainly hope not, especially in mid June. The run is controlled by dam releases from Navajo Reservoir and they try their best to maintain a minimum flow (which is boatable) through the permit stretch for fish habitat.

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Old 02-14-2015   #12
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Water at Mexican Hat and Sand island as others have said. You will want to bring a fair amount for anything after June 1st as it can get bloody hot down there. You can also refill with ice in Mexican Hat.

Navajo Permit is key. Plan and submit application early and know they changed the process and fees late last year.

6-8 days for Sand Island to Clay Hills is a great range, the more time the more layovers and hiking can be done. You are limited to 2 nights below Government and only one can be at Slickhorn so plan accordingly.

Take your time on those first ten miles and maybe plan on a short first day as there are a ton of rock art sites and ruins.

You can also extend the trip from Montezuma and there are some phenomenal ruins BUT camping is limited for more than small groups and the boat ramp logistics are less than ideal. That said it does get you away from shared boat ramp space at Sand Island.

Have a great trip.


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Old 02-14-2015   #13
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Like Phillip said - Take your time and have a great trip

We spent 5 days last April from Bluff to Mexican Hat. Tons of stuff to see and do. If you have a permit to hike/camp on the left bank there's even more to see and do. I recommend the hike up to the Mules Ear if you have time.
more snow = more water
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Old 02-14-2015   #14
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Shuttles: Jim Hardin has always been good to me - 435-672-2455. He will shuttle your vehicles to take out; or you can drive them there and he'll give you a van ride back - whatever you want.

Planning websites:
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