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Old 05-29-2010   #1
 
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Lower Eagle; Trestle bridge height?

Was looking at floating the lower Eagle tomorrow ( Sunday 30th ), which I have done before at 2000 cfs. Great fun at that level. But noticed this morning that the Lower Eagle is running at 4530 cfs. I float a 14 ft aire lion ( 25.5 tubes ) with a flip top captain's seat. The question??? Can I fit under Trestle? Anyone floated at this level, thoughts? Any buzzards who live out there, your opinion would be welcome.

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Old 05-29-2010   #2
 
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You should be ok... If you're at all sketched about it, just go far right under the bridge. Mellow water there and you can pull left after the bridge.
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Old 05-29-2010   #3
 
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I was looking to run it tommorrow as well, but at that flow, might not be able to (not with my kids anyway). If I do go, I'll be in a 14 foot NRS, so I'll look for you at the bridge. LOL

From what I understand in another thread I started with the same question, the current flow seems to be really high for getting under the bridge. Even the right side might be tricky from what I have heard, so you might want to scout it before you put in to be sure (that's what I plan to do at these flows). You can definitely go far right at lower flows anyway, I did it last weekend to give my skeptical wife reassurance that we wouldn't go into the hole on the left with the kids... LOL

The times I have run it, the far right does seem to have a bit more clearance, but I've never run it above 2,000 CFS or so. Maybe 2,500 tops. I am told 3,000 might be pushing it by a friend who lives up there. Be very careful for sure, and I would at least scout it when you get to it if nothing else.
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At 4500 it's going to be very tight, be careful and definetly scout it out.
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Talked to two rafters tonight (Sat. 5/29), they just went under the trestle at 5pm. The first said he had 1 inch of clearence the other said he had to fold the rowing seat down and he still hit.
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it is a no go right now, dont even try, its not worth it!
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it is a no go right now, dont even try, its not worth it!


Whatcho talkin bout chaos! I had a look at tressel at around 6pm. I measured the clearance at 32 inches.

It's a go.
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I glanced at it while passing by on I-70 this am and compared it to when I've scouted it close up. If you're kayaking or in a paddleboat and everyone dives into the bottom of the raft when you go under it, then fine, go for it.

If you're in a boat with a high seat, or oar towers, its looking really sketchy.

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There's a put in just below, why take the chance injury or equipment damage?
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