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Old 03-27-2014   #21
Boulder, Colorado
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The NRCS analysis predicts below-average flows (85 %) on the San Juan for this spring. Similar to the comment by ArgoCat, the Animas (significant tributary) is looking better and is forecast to be near-average, but the other tributaries are expected to have less flow than average. Certainly, any long-range forecast has to be taken with due skepticism.

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Old 03-27-2014   #22
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Isn't the SJ's flow primarily determined by the release out of Navajo Lake?

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Old 03-27-2014   #23
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No and yes

Navajo lake is at the confluence of the Piedra and the San Juan, but not the Animas. The animas comes in downstream at Farmington, well above Bluff, Utah. I believe there are some diversions on the Animas, but nothing like the impoundment referred to as Navajo Lake. So once the spring melt has gone, yes, releases from Navajo Lake sustain the flow in the river channel. But during run-off, the flow comes from many sources with the Animas being a big one. Again, the folks at Navajo Lake try to time a flush release for the forecasted peak of the Animas, which is why you can get 5000cfs + towards the end of may or early june. See the following for a graphic representation of "the bump." FYI, the animas was contributing 1800cfs at Farmington on May 26th.
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 09379500 SAN JUAN RIVER NEAR BLUFF, UT
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Old 03-31-2014   #24
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Spring San Juan run

I am Heading down to Bluff, Utah this coming Saturday to run the San Juan from Sand Island to Mexican Hat. This will be my first time on the this river. Any buzzards have current beta on the flow, weather conditions and trends, camps etc?
I have the USGS web site data but I am looking for first hand observations.

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Old 03-31-2014   #25
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Just took off on Friday. Floated from MH down. The water was clear enough to filter and the winds started blowing up river as early as nine and were never ending. Conditions dont really need to be that great when it is the first trip of the season. Good times
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Old 03-31-2014   #26
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how many days are you planning on duderino?
Oh! I don't take it lightly! I've always got to know
There's an old lion a roarin' n the river down below
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Old 03-31-2014   #27
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We are launching Sunday the 6th and takeout on the 8th.

Good times indeed!
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Old 04-02-2014   #28
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Bueller? Bueller? Anyone???
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Old 04-03-2014   #29
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Not sure about sand island to MH, but we just did MH to Clay Hills 3/28-4/1. Awesome time. Flows were alright, but I like the low flow trips. Plan extra time for low flow and wind. I would have liked one more day to explore, but we moved sort of slow since this was a family deal.
16 adults and 9 kids. 6 rafts, 4 IKs, 1 kayak and 1 canoe.
we bounced two 16 ft rafts through government.
We met two pack rafters at government. they asked "how in the hell are you getting those big boats through there?" We said, "one at a time, it's too tight to take two..."
take out at clay hills was a short 50-100 ft drag.
one really windy day stopped all forward progress. the wind was brutal that day (sunday?). the rest of the trip was great weather. Down right hot one day, but we're from Idaho. The water is still pretty cold though.
have a great trip...
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Old 04-08-2014   #30
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Dryfly: Thanks for the post. I have crossed the San Juan twice in the last 10 days at Mexican Hat and wondered what the conditions were on the water. We stayed one night at Hat Rock Inn and played in the mud and water until dark. I was on a bloat-by-the-pool vacation.

I'm sure we were driving home to Colorado on that Windy Day. It was brutal at Monument Valley too. The last crossing showed promise; higher water and some distinct signs of runoff.

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