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Old 08-28-2006   #1
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low h20 ark runs

Looking to get out of town and was wondering which sections of the ark are good to go at these flows(looking for class III)

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Old 08-28-2006   #2
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the gorge is low but still fun...you also get to see all the commercial rafts get stuck/flip in sunshine falls....the paddle out sucks, Browns Canyon
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Old 08-28-2006   #3
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Browns is good, I think the Gorge is way more fun though. I've never thought the paddle out is all that bad......plus the rafting carn is usually interesting.
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Old 08-28-2006   #4
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if your looking for class 3, think about upstream. Numbers is still fun and you can see what makes the rapids before water returns next spring. Ive done pine creek down to 90 cfs...stupid but better than doing nothing. Lower blue is also running.
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Old 08-28-2006   #5
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Damn. You must have been desperate. I'm curious; what was Pine Creek like at 90? How low have you done the Numbers and Brown's?

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Old 08-28-2006   #6
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I don't know if y'all have checked, but right now the Gorge is running 700+ which, while its not ripping, is still a hell of a lot better (about twice the flow, as a matter of fact) than most of us would expect for after the supplental releases have been shut off.


Doubtful that there'll be much rafter carnage at this level though...

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Old 08-28-2006   #7
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We did the Gorge yesterday and had a ton of fun at 700. Still quite a few things that would trip up a true III boater though. We had more carnage at 700 (two swims from class IV paddlers, one we had to chase for a while...) than at 820 a few weeks ago. Then again it was like paddling chocolate milk with the runoff. Just my .02...

Another option is Parkdale (III-/III). I did it late September last year at 370, so I'd guess it would be a lot more fun now. It's a mellower option than the Gorge.

If you do Brown's at low water, I'd recommend putting in at Ruby Mtn rather than Fisherman's as you'll cut out the flat/rocky paddle in.

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Old 08-29-2006   #8
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i soloed the ark from pine creek to frog rock yesterday and had a good time. i had the river to myself. lots of class III/III+ in the numbers.

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