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Old 07-25-2009   #1
 
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I know it's been asked, but how low is too low on the Ark?

It's at 695 right now and seems to be dropping daily. How low is too low for a raft?

Thanks in advance,

Bill

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1st off, you have to specify which stretch...as I'm sure your probably talking about Browns, 600 is what I would call the cut-off, but that is subjective. I have seen people take 14' oar frames through down to 450, but with at least 2 carries. Most oarsmen and paddle crews can bounce down it without getting stuck as low as 550-600. The gorge can be run year-round at base flow by rafts.
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Yeah, I was mostly talking about browns...floating it on Sunday...then doing Salida on down for some friends who are newbies...sounds like I'll be ok for this weekend anyway.

Thanks for your reply.

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