Brown's in mid-August??? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 01-03-2008   #1
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Brown's in mid-August???

How is Brown's typically running in mid-August? Is it even runnable that time of year?

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Old 01-03-2008   #2
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It could be anywhere from 1000 CFS down to 500 CFS.
Browns is runnable down to 317 CFS (my lowest run).

August is great in Brown's because the weather is so good and the water nice and temperate. To me it's still the most scenic run on the Ark (and maybe that's not saying much, but still). You'll have a good time at any of those flows.

Watch out for rafters. The window to put on is either before 9 a.m. or between about 11 and 12. You miss the boat launches at those times.

If flow is below 800, I recommend putting in at Ruby Mountain rather than Fisherman's Bridge to avoid slow flatwater between the two.
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Old 01-03-2008   #3
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I love Browns!

To add to good put-in times...commercial rafters can not put-in after 3:30 so the river is not as busy after that time. Most companies last put-in time is around 2:30.
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There are guaranteed flows through August 15th. Something like 700 at Wellsville. Last year it went later b/c of repairs upstream. It also depends on rain that time of year.
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