Originally Posted by Flagstaff
I personally think low water is fun! There are more mud opportunities for on shore activities. You just gotta know how to run a river and "see" the sand bars ahead of you. You have to be willing to do a little boat shoving off the sand bars if you miss judge.....Any river trip is better than no river trip and lower water is just a different challenge. I have done it at about 300 with a bunch of Little kids and we had so much fun, the water was heavenly warm, the kids had a blast, and the adults had a great time too.
We did the Juan last year at about 350cfs in April, and other than crappy weather (windy as all get out), it was fine. There was only one place that we had to get out of the boats and drag them a few feet to get over a bunch of small rocks. The only boat able to get through that one little spot was the Mini-Max.
The time before when we ran it in April at 600cfs, we never had to get out of the boats, not even in that one little spot.
The only downside I can think of to the lower flows is the having to constantly pay attention. While you still have plenty of time to drink beer, you can't just lay out on the deck and float all the way to the take-out for sure... LOL