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Old 03-11-2014   #1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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White Rock Canyon Minimum Flow

Anybody have an idea as to how low of a flow you can get 14' raft down to cochiti lake?

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Old 03-11-2014   #2
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That's tough to say. It will depend on your Jedi abilities to read sand bars that are barely submerged by murky water. I have done it at 300 and 900 and honestly I think it was easier to read the sand bars at lower flow. We were in kayaks and had issues with getting stuck both times. The time we went down at 900 we ran into some rafters that were periodically dragging as well. There was a 16' cat that actually did better than anyone else...

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Old 03-19-2014   #3
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We do a water sampling trip every other fall for work. Its typically running around 400 CFS and we have no problem getting VERY loaded 14fters down. Sure, there are a few sand bars to dodge below frijoles, but we haven't had any major problems and we are carrying a lot of coolers full of water and ice on every boat in addition to the regular river trip gear. Just be prepared for one or two good sand bar dragging sessions.

That said, I'm wondering if anyone has been down since the 9/13/13 flood event. Hoping to do an overnighter in the next few weeks but I'm wondering how bad the carnage is.
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Old 03-19-2014   #4
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I was down in october or november last year, and it was ok. if anything it cleared out some of the horrible beach vegetation. Planning on running it either this weekend or the next.
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Old 03-24-2014   #5
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Thanks for the report, that's good to hear. If you get down there soon, can you let us know if anything has changed? I'm likely not going to make it down there before May at the rate that my schedule is filling up. Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2014   #6
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We are going this weekend. I'll try to remember to post a trip report.

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