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Old 05-29-2013   #1
 
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pumphouse to state bridge?

I just bought a new boat (14ft cataraft )
This is my second year on the river and my first year
on a full size...
I want to do an overnite starting at Pumphouse and either get out
at State bridge or continue down towards Burns area..
Can anyone tell me what the flow is like this time of year?
I am looking for mostly mellow yellow, with some small white water
to keep it interesting...
Thanks for your time

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Usgs will have flows. You should be good. That was my first solo run but I did it at super high water. I could be wrong but check to see if they require groovers now for overnights. Have fun. Welcome to the buzz. Try searching and you will find more info on that run.
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I just did this last weekend. plenty of water (guage at Gore is 750 ish, by statebridge the flow is probably around 1400). Afternoon winds will have you rowing some flats (around radium put-in, below yarmony rapid to Rancho).
Search the BLM site for their guide to this section. Nice float with good scenery and lots of yahoos to people watch.
There are no rapids to cause much difficulty, but perfect for practicing your skills.
Camp below Yarmony rapid, most campsites are in the 1 mile after the rapid (island camp, benches 1-3, other undesignated sites). This will break the trip up into 2 manageable sections (each about 7-8 miles long). Trains are extremely loud at nite...bring ear plugs

Bring a groover ..there are metal fire rings at the designated sites (but a firepan would be good is you need to stay at a bootleg site).
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Thank you both for the advice!
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Old 05-29-2013   #5
 
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I just checked the flow at Pumphouse, and its at 616...
Is that enough water? seems low..
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I was wondering the same thing...Hoping things come back up before the weekend
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Old 05-29-2013   #7
 
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Flow ok

The flow is low but ok. A bit boney so watch more for pour overs and such. Stay in the main channels and you should be fine. Have fun and be safe !!
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Ran it last Oct with 3 dogs and a passenger, it was low and slow, maybe 500cfs but fun. We took out at Radium though to avoid the great lakes rowing challenge.
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I just checked the flow at Pumphouse, and its at 616...
Is that enough water? seems low..
Rocky but certainly doable.
Don't panic, toss that rubber in the river and go. What's the worst that could happen?

Only two rapids of any note, should not be a big challenge. Beware the bridge at Radium, even at 600 the current is stronger than it looks, and wants to sweep you into the center support. Doing that will ruin your day.
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Old 05-29-2013   #10
 
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flow

Thanks for the flow chat. Boney is cool, but I dont want to drag all day...Only one way to find out.. (Jensjustduckie)whats the great lakes row challenge? sounds interesting..
Schutzie: thanks for the heads up at the bridge! I will keep that in mind
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