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Old 08-02-2008   #1
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Idaho Roadsider Anyone?

North Fork Payette is rolling 2,000 daily. Sightings of Demshitz, Gary E, and some one bladed eastern folk in the vicinity of Smiths Ferry, ID have been confirmed. It must be August in the Batholith.

Low water blues got you down? Is the newly paved Banks parking lot burning your feet? Cool down in some splashy rapids on one or all of the North Fork's 15 rail/roadside miles. For those cash strapped expedition enthusiasts out there, earn your turns with a bottom to top to bottom (helicopter shuttles can also be arranged).

If III-IV is your game, South Fork is still pumping, and Deadwood is flowing and expected to increase later in the month. If you must, Climax is breaking (remember those huge creekboat loops in the WS promo a few years back?) and the Gutter counts as a playspot as well. Although the big breaker between Jaws I and II is probably the best thing in right now, just mind the run out. As usual there's abundant free camping and the classic Banks Store/Cafe open 'til 8. The hits just keep on coming in Idaho.

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Old 08-02-2008   #2
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so pardon the ignorance but is the north fork dam released? if so there must be one ginormous reservoir upstream. what's the water used for? potatoes? hydro? and lastly is 2000 mostly a medium level? how low can it be run?

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is the north fork dam released?
Yes, the NF is a continuous release out of the shallow and warm Cascade Reservoir in Cascade, ID. Much of the water that comes down the Payettes is used for irrigation in the region downstream of the whitewater. It is a nice arrangement that keeps the flows up all season and keeps the fields irrigated all the same.

2,000 is a great medium flow. For reference, it has been run as high as 7 or 8 grand. Most summers they release between 1,500 and 2,000. Sections of the run can be fun as low as 400 cfs, but it is not the same experience once it drops below 1,500.
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