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Old 03-31-2013   #1
 
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Some questions since I am new to the area. I know runoff is around late may/June but when does the river normally start to go up? Is the current level normal? I know the snow pack is not crazy low this year so just wondering if this is normal this time of year.

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Some questions since I am new to the area. I know runoff is around late may/June but when does the river normally start to go up? Is the current level normal? I know the snow pack is not crazy low this year so just wondering if this is normal this time of year.
I think current flows are pretty normal for this time of year, perhaps a bit lower than normal. Expect to see things go up slightly soon...but not much. Depending on weather conditions up high melt should start sometime in late April, or hopefully May. Right now snowpack is still well below average, and the chances for improvement are looking more and more slim... This is a great resource for Poudre flows:

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Last year the river went off about 2-3 weeks early. It was great while it lasted went down and had another peak at about it's usuall time.
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Early May.
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Last year the river went off about 2-3 weeks early. It was great while it lasted went down and had another peak at about it's usuall time.
Wasn't the river closed due to fire for most of the second peak?
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the peak i saw last year was 3.1 on the day the 2nd fire lit. i seem to recall they dropped it a bit during the fire.
to the OP, the flow now is pretty much normal. commercial season starts on the permitted date around may 15, which usually coincides with the water starting to come up. within a week or to it's already flowing fairly big. last year was the first i've seen it start so early in my 8 years up there.
the gauge is unfrozen already. and i honestly wouldn't be surprised if it flows early. all depends on the weather.
keep them rain/snow dances goin'. it ain't over just yet!!
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The first run my kids and I did last year on the Poudre was on 4/13 when it was at 180 CFS - diversion dam below BTO was open that time and we kayaked Filter plant. The next day we ran the raft from Stevens thru BTO and the rock was showing 1.0 foot. On 4/24 the rock was at 2.0 feet. Definitely an early start last year.
In 2011 the first run on Filter was on 4/20 at 300 cfs.
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