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Old 06-13-2008   #1
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Have we peaked?

Is it me or have we peaked? The optomist in me says it just can't be but, the guages are telling a different story. Will warmer weather bring new higher levels? The peaks still show alot of snow still left so, what's the word?

Let's hear some accounts of high water mania! Who bagged the peak flows and on what runs?? What records/egos/boats and blades were broken?? Cancel Christmas, let's hear some chatter!


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Old 06-13-2008   #2
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I don't think the 10,000' and up stuff has really gotten going. I think we will see the ark at 3,000+ ect
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Old 06-14-2008   #3
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Colorado is done. Def on its way back down.
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Old 06-14-2008   #4
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Yep.......it's true.......we're out of water. Any one coming to Colorado to boat should save their money and stay at home.
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Old 06-14-2008   #5
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cool nights and warm days have kept the flows to reasonable. I think we peaked on the eagle 2 weeks ago. A long eagle season is better than one big flush. The gas prices have kept me close to home. 100 ft from the river
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Old 06-14-2008   #6
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We definitely saw a peak near 4000 on the Arkansas, but freezing nightime temperatures have slowed the melt. The USGS snotel sites say that the Colorado River basin still has 119% of it's average snow/water equivilant, the Platte is 65% and the Arkansas 105%. So there is still lots of water to come down, the weather is the determining factor for what kind of second peak we will see.
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Old 06-14-2008   #7
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never seen it peak past the 2nd week of june.

Most basins peaked June 3 / 4 this year, which was early.

Good news is we will enjoy extended higher than average flows.

So Say'th me.

(Saw some nice waves in Iowa on the news last night.. That's where the High Water is..)
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Old 06-14-2008   #8
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I think the Roaring Fork Basin's got one more left in it. It was hot yesterday, it's hot today, and it's supposed to be hot tomorrow and there's still a ton of snow up high (enough so that they reopened Aspen mountain to skiers).
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Old 06-14-2008   #9
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With several hot days in the forecast, I think the Poudre will peak this coming Tuesday.
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Old 06-15-2008   #10
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I think that Lake Creek's flow has a big future ahead. As most already know, this is the same creek that Independence Pass meanders along. They usually clear snow and open the pass for Memorial Day weekend. This year the road opened about 2 weeks late. Some guys that I was camping near recently said they drove over the pass the day after it opened and the walls of snow next to the road where 25-30 feet high. Might be an over-estimate, but might not, (I wasn't there). These same people own a home on the Frying Pan River and they said that it is still very much winter with way too much snow at their house. Alot of that Frying Pan River water is piped through the Continental Divide and gets dumped in the Arkansas River for Colorado Springs drinking water.

On top of that, Aspen Mountain re-opened for sking this weekend after getting 3 feet of fresh snow, as David23 stated.

As far as the Arkansas River is conserned, I'm looking at it with a "glass-half-full" perspective this year. My guess is we have a prolonged medium-water season and have yet to hit the highest peak. I'm still rooting for 5000+cfs. (please oh please oh please)
"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
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