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Old 05-13-2010   #1
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Deckers visual

Hey everyone, I am trying to take the wife and daughter boating this weekend on the Deckers section. The guage is showing too low but the Waterton guage shows alot more water than the total of the N and S forks. I was wondering if the extra flow is coming down that tributary near Deckers and would make the flow something reasonable for us. Anyone been up there recently? Thanks

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Old 05-13-2010   #2
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I believe there are a few threads addressing this issue already...try a search.
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Old 05-13-2010   #3
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577 cfs at Trumbull with is below both the creek at Deckers and at Trumbull. Drove up by there this weekend and she looks like she's plenty high for kayaking, but what would I know I'm just a fisherman. Always check the Trumbull gauge

USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 06701900 SO. PLATTE R. BLW BRUSH CR. NR TRUMBULL CO
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Old 05-13-2010   #4
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Drove the road last week and all the feeder creeks are gushing a few tens of cfs. Deckers still looked mightly low though. With natural flow right now I'd venture to guess that what you see on the waterton gage is 50/50 SP/NFSP.

Something about the trumbull gage seems funny. Waterton gage still shows appx 300 cfs....
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Old 05-14-2010   #5
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Okay, now I am really confused. Foxton is still a very low flow. South Platte is 348. Deckers shows a very low flow. But Trumble guage does indeed show 700+, yet there is no place that the water is taken out. It must be wrong. I also have two visuals, both "last week" one says good to go the other says too low. Since there isn't much in the way of tributaries after Foxton it seems reasonable that the major portion of the flow is being added in the S fork not the N. Perhaps the difference in opinion on the visuals is a preference for a high flow. With our group we don't mind a lower flow as long as its something over 200 cfs. It is a fairly long drive for us and we don't want to get skunked. Perhaps the Poudre would be better for this weekend unless someone knows a little more. Thanks again for the input.
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