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Old 06-23-2010   #1
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Lower Owyhee TR

Owyhee June 13-17, 1200 to 800 cfs, 1 tire blow out, 4 new tires at Less's place, 1 purple people pleaser, 1 wife, 1 dog, 2 hots springs, 1 hailstorm/side creek flash flood, 1pretty big fossil, lots of fun
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Old 06-23-2010   #2
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Old 06-24-2010   #3
 
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Thanks for sharing - and great pics! My wife and I (just the two of us) did that same stretch for the first time April of last year. We loved it! We had 2200 CFS - any low water issues at your flows?
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Old 06-24-2010   #4
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No low water issues, but I like low creeky runs anyway, and have done this run several times. The only real significant challenge at lower water (below 1,350 cfs and especially below 1,000 cfs) I think for a raft is Nuisance Rapid. I think it is solid class III+/IV- below 1,000 for a 14’ or larger raft. We went through at about 890 cfs. Below about 1350 cfs you have to make the precise right then left ferries around the 2 big boulders instead of going straight down the middle (at low flows the middle chute is blocked by smaller boulders). This is a tight maneuver and as the water drops it becomes even tighter, especially for a longer boat. Of course this is a nasty flip/pin hazard (videos on youtube of boats pinned there). A competent boater friend of mine flipped in there 2 years ago, and some other folks we met along the way this year also flipped and pinned there the same day we ran it. Nuisance should not be underestimated at low flows, and I think at low flow it is by far harder than whistling bird and Montgomery (the rapids given most lip service at the put-in). Note that Nuisance seems to get the most lip service on the take out when I have run it at low flows, where people commiserate about the difficulty and adventures there. I have never had a flip or pin on Nuisance, but also never had a totally clean run through it at low flows, always a little un-planned bump that took quick maneuvering to prevent the pin. Of course a lot of people get messed up here the first time because it doesn’t look like much on the approach and they don’t scout, probably because the scout basically sucks (big bouldery rocky steep slope and poison ivy).
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Old 06-24-2010   #5
 
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Good river beta! I remember it being pretty much a wash at 2200 cfs, but we were paying more attention to the river otters than the rapid.
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