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Old 09-20-2008   #1
 
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Is 330 too low for Browns????

I did Browns a couple of weeks ago at 470, and had a good time, but I was hoping to get one more good run in for the season. I didn't scrape too bad at 470, but not really looking to reduce the weight of my boat in half. So if anyone has ridden at levels around this, please let me know.

Also is there a better exit than Stone Bridge that isn't so State parkish but is still somewhat accessible by a car?

Thanks - BS

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Old 09-20-2008   #2
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Yes its fine at 300ish. Hecla, but you still have to pay.
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Old 09-20-2008   #3
 
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if you are thinking of paddling tomorrow Id might like to join, depends on the time? It will be a long day, no?? anyone know if you can put in around chalk creek campground, or somewhere to cut out the beginning flatwater???
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Old 09-21-2008   #4
 
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I won't be going until Tuesday, but will be by myself and anyone who wants to join is welcome. Probably will take off at the 2nd campground down the dirt road (sorry can't remember the name) around noon.
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Old 09-22-2008   #5
 
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another time, I have work.
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Old 09-22-2008   #6
 
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I'm assuming you are in a raft (as it would be rediculous to ask if you can get a kayak down). Personally, I think you can still get a 16 footer down, but you'll probably get stuck a bit. You may even be able to get down without getting stuck, but it really depends on skill level. All said, I doubt you'll get stranded. (Just get out, walk your boat down stream until it floats, and get back in.)
As far as put-ins and take outs that aren't "state parkish", your best choice would be one of the private ones. They may ask for a small fee and you'll definitely want to clear it first, but they won't have that "feel".
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Old 09-22-2008   #7
 
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yeah, kayaking...no problem, of course. give zume flume a look though cuz it's boney and rock ridden as hell at these flows.

in a raft, most will go okay but there is one spot for sure down in the section where even a small cataraft will require you to heave it over a rock that blocks your way. You'll know it when you see it...though you'll be right up on it when you see it. the view is blocked by other rocks. I've never bothered to remember names on that run beyond zume flume so don't know the name. the current is slow there so your won't wrap your boat or anything bad. anyhoo...keep it light and small if you are rolling in a raft. I wouldn't go in anything bigger than 13ft, for sure and you will nail some rocks without a doubt. it's really, really technical but not pushy so that helps.
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I've taken my 14' cat down at 300 cfs and did fine.

What about Seidels at this level for a 14' raft???
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A group of us are hitting Brown's tomorrow (saturday), just wondering the same question as this thread.

How is the run at these flows? It looks like the flow is at 310-ish. Are the rapids in at this level?

Just wondering if there was anyone that did it recently to could chime in some info.

Oh, we'll be in kayaks.

Thanks.
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A group of us are hitting Brown's tomorrow (saturday), just wondering the same question as this thread.

How is the run at these flows? It looks like the flow is at 310-ish. Are the rapids in at this level?

Just wondering if there was anyone that did it recently to could chime in some info.

Oh, we'll be in kayaks.

Thanks.

I ended up doing it on Tuesday, and it was alright I guess, better than being at work. But it was really boney, and most of the rapids had rocks in them. I am by no means a great kayaker, but when I did it at 440, I flipped over only once, where I flipped 6 times on Tuesday, because of all the rocks in the rapids. Definitely get out at Hecla, as I went all the way down to Stone Bridge, and it was brutal, coming to a stop a couple times in the river. It might be different in duckies, but my new minimum flow for this run is 440. If you could somehow start at the beginning of the Canyon it would be less brutal, as Ruby to the Canyon is scrapetacular.

When I was younger, I could always tell where I drove, as my car leaked oil. On the trip Tuesday, you can tell my lines from all the rocks with yellow plastic shavings.

Good luck.
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