Muddy Creek (The Chute) 2019 - Mountain Buzz

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Old 05-24-2019   #1
Minden, Nevada
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Muddy Creek (The Chute) 2019

I'll be passing along Highway 70 between June 8 and June 14. Does anyone have a guess on if the Creek will be flowing? Its on my bucket list and I would be interested to know any commentary on shuttle routes, what the roads are like, your experience in the Chute, etc. Thanks!

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Old 05-24-2019   #2
Salt Lake City, Utah
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It might be running - hard to say with the weird weather this year. It has been really cold and rainy.

The road is reasonably good dirt road for a long way. The shuttle route is sandy and has a big hill so it would be a workout to bike shuttle. If you aren't in a hurry you might be able to hitch with other river runners, but its a risk. I don't know of any shuttle services.

The Chute itself is just fantastic. I did it at 170 cfs, which was bony but doable. More water would be nicer.
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Old 06-11-2019   #3
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Does anyone have any recent data on the Muddy flow. According to the flow report near Emery, it is currently running at about 165 cfs. Is that the flow report everyone uses? Or is there a more accurate reading somewhere since Ivie Creek joins in below Emery?

We are hoping to float Muddy this Saturday, but wonder if there is enough water. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 06-11-2019   #4
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I ran it Saturday morning in an IK when the Emery gauge was reading 193CFS and was coming down from it's peak overnight. There was enough water, though I wouldn't have wanted it to be much less than that.

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Old 06-11-2019   #5
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Predicting flows on Muddy is tough. The gauge is before a lot of water is diverted for irrigation, so it isn't very reliable. You just have to roll the dice, and bail to the San Rafael or the Price if there isn't enough water. If it looks too low at Hidden Splendor, it is too low.

Anyway, I put in at I-70 on Saturday and took out after the reef yesterday, and the flows were absolutely perfect. The water at the put in yesterday evening was much lower than when we put in on Saturday. Ivie Creek was still adding a fair bit of water, as were a few other little tributaries between I-70 and Tomsich. It was not very warm, so runoff wasn't that high but not as much was being diverted for irrigation. My guess - it'll be runnable but maybe a little boney. Still totally worthwhile even if you have to drag a bit.
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Old 06-12-2019   #6
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It's at a great level now for IK's, Kayaks, Pool Toys, Packrafts and rising. Should be a good weekend. Road from I-70 to McKay flats / Red's Canyon junction mostly 35 MPH. Dusty. Same for down Red's canyon to the put in. McKay flats / Red's Canyon junction towards takeout is the same until it meets the other road from the put in, which isn't so good. Heading from there to the takeout gets worse quick. It's a dashed route on the maps. I did it in a Corolla OK, but with a couple of minor undercarriage scrapes from being loaded. RV's or trailers would not like it.

FWIW, at the takeout camping spots next to the airstrip, I took my Arduino-based Geiger Counter and measured 10X background radiation just standing there. 250 CPM. It was chirping like the bad part of a 70's Sci-Fi movie.

I normally measure 25 at my house, and Denver, and most other places. Highest reading before that was 45 CPM in the still natural Uranium belt below Telluride. The airstrip was made from the tailings of the Uranium mines. In the 100 Yards further to the parking area it fell back to 25, or normal background radiation. I imagine possibly much higher readings if going in a mine.

I know it's cumulative and 1 night won't make a difference, but if some critical bit in me gets flipped from it ... Like the ' All of a sudden hate Beer bit ' We found a different camping spot. Down the rough road to the river is good. It's OK to drive down from the airstrip to the river now and camp there. Or at the parking area before going down from the airstrip if the road is too rough.
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Old 06-14-2019   #7
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I'm heading out tonight to camp at the Tomisch Butte put-in and drive to the Hidden Splendor Mine take out early Saturday morning. Hoping to find some other paddlers who I can share a shuttle with, but if anyone is heading that way and wants lock in a shuttle, hit me up.
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Old 06-16-2019   #8
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Thanks for the all info. We were able to run the Muddy on Saturday - along with a lot of other people. It was super crowded. The water was lower than last time I ran it, and a lot more technical. Even with significant paddling experience, we got stuck on a lot of rocks. Our friends brought along some newbies with crappy plastic lake boats. They were not having fun. This is not a beginner run.
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Old 06-16-2019   #9
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I'll second the above remark. total ZOO at the put in. and too many novices on the water. this is NOT a beginners trip. many class 3 rapids. yes, lots of beginners made the run but they did not look like they were having fun. Not recommended for anyone with solid paddling skills.

other wise, beautiful day, and me some great people DAMAX101. thanks for a fun day,

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Old 06-17-2019   #10
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Was thinking about taking a pool float... Just joking. We saw several hypothermic people. They were not skilled enough and failed to dress and gear appropriately for the conditions. They were definitely not having fun! Glad we got on early before the real mayhem. Watch for the rapid with the cottonwood tree in the middle. There's a pinning rock below.

This is not a beginner run like the book says. There must have been some rock fall during the intermittent years. Also beware of the radioactivity near the take out by the air strip. That camp site there is hot. Avoid the area with tailings.

For those who can't read posted signs or discern a landing strip with a wind sock: Don't park on or along the runway!
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