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Old 05-19-2009   #1
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East Fork Carson River @2000-2500 cfs: opinions requested

Hey there,

Doing a shake-down on a new 14' NRS raft with the family and a few little kids. I haven't been down the East Fork of the Carson (CA/NV border) before and I'm fairly novice. Using oar frame. Looks like it's rated Class II, but quite swift and maybe a tad more difficult at higher flows like we're seeing right now (2000+ cfs). It's a 20 mile day. Much of what I read is about 1000 cfs, hence the questions.

Looking for some opinions on this river at these flows before I go.

Thanks ahead of time!


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Old 05-20-2009   #2
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No worries my flightless friend.
Flows are actually a bit lower than 2000 and should be coming down pretty quick. A quick check this morning showed about 1500 cfs. We ran it twice about a week ago with similar flows, it's at "optimum" levels right about now. The run is pretty much class 2, it is swift at these levels so don't be swimin as there arent many eddies (and it's cold water). The one thing to consider is that the river is fairly narrow and shallow, requires constant manuvering due to the many s-turns and several slalom stretches. Overall very mellow splashy fun float. Don't miss the hot springs and watch out for the rattlers at the lower set of springs just below Sidewinder rapid. I saw one that was easily 5 foot long sunning its self under a tree!
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