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Old 02-16-2005   #1
 
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How high is TOO high on the Salt?

We are still contemplating running the Salt this weekend. I am concerned that another big rain could make it spike again.

Anyone have thoughts on when it becomes unsafe to boat? I can only picture a couple of rapids that might get really scary.

If it was just kayaks I might not fret...

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FWIW: The AW website sez 20,000 cfs...

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/3657/
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No idea the maximum, but the forecast for this weekend is a hell of a lot higher than 1200 optimum flows...

http://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/river/stat...plot.cgi?SLCA3
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It definatley depends on the rafters skill level but if I remember correctly a friend of mine said he ran it around 30,000 back in the mid 90's when it ran huge. Oh by the way he was rowing a cat, not sure the size.

I wish I had better info for you.

Something else to think about if you do go down make sure you look at your campsites thinking about a huge spike I also have some friends that same year lose a bunch of gear when the river spiked to 15,000.

Hope that helps

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I don't remember the forest service river ranger guys name but he would know and from my experience will be straight forward about it. A great back up would be the verde down to Horseshoe res. the shuttle is a bitch but it is a nice run that I have done up to 10k and it could take about as much as 50k without things getting to crazy.

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don't remember the forest service river ranger guys name but he would know
One of the rangers name is Catfish
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