Originally Posted by ilanarama
We have a trip in early July. Current flow is around 200cfs. Our TL spoke to a ranger who said he's run it down to 120cfs with a loaded raft. Website info I saw said rafts need 250 or better. I don't care for myself, I've got an oar-rigged Fat Cat, but the rest of the people will be on regular big rafts. Any experience at these flows? Or should we (metaphorically) bail?
First, there are several threads over the past few years. Look them up. With that said I have done several below 100 CFS they were tough. I did one last spring starting off at 225 and we drag a bit but nothing outlandish. The key to the upper part of the river is to know that the channels run down the banks not the middle..
I personally wouldn't run the river at this time of year below 150. Mostly because it's dropping when you leave camp baker. Of course that is with fully-loaded boats. I don't know exactly what a fat cat is but I've never seen it cataraft that floated higher than a round boat. My guess is you'll have a harder time than those guys in your group.
You're put in date will mean a lot ( ie how late in July) - look at the dates leading up to your put in then look at the graph and if it's looking like it's going to be near 150 come up with backup plan.
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