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Old 08-11-2014   #1
durango, Colorado
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What's too low to go

Hey all buzzards. I finished a grueling San Juan with the wife and kid around 250 cfs. We promised ourselves we'd never do that again. I have a 16 foot Jack's Cataraft usually overloaded with a draft of around 6 inches. Our next trip is scheduled for Ruby/Horsethief. We've been down it a lot at flows over 4500 cfs. With the flows coming down and a Labor day permit in hand here's my question...What would be your cut off for floating this stretch? I really do not want to go through dragging my boat over gravel and sand bars again with the wife.

PS: just trying to get some beta, please no hate about being over loaded (I did mention I'm bringing my wife's gear)

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Old 08-11-2014   #2
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3000 is fine. Slow but no dragging unless you pick little channels.

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Old 08-11-2014   #3
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We've done late season Ruby trips with no problem in 14 footers below 3k. The November flows we saw would be fine in large heavily laden rigs. Nothing compares to the misery caused by Lake Powell on the Juan, especially at an abysmal 250 cfs.

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Old 08-13-2014   #4
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2000 is low on r-ht, youre good to go. 4500 cfs will seem like an ocean after 250 on the sj!
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Old 08-13-2014   #5
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To Low?

When was the San Juan That Low?
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