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Old 02-22-2012   #1
 
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Does anyone have advise on the minimum Flow rate for the Salt river to run it with a raft? The flow rate now is 250 and we drew a tag for 3/6. Thinkin this might be a an IK trip. any help is appreciated

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Old 02-22-2012   #2
 
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I know experience river folk who got a little freaked out down there at 250 in duckies. I've never run it that low.... I have 3/10 and am wondering?
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We are headed out thursday for a self support Hard shell Kayak trip. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Buddy ran it in a raft at 800 cfs and said that was as low as could go/would want to go rafting. I also think that's what American Whitewater uses as their low level cut off (though was that for rafting?).

I have heard that it can be kayaked much lower.

I've only been in there at healthy flows, so this is all just what I've heard.
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My friend has a 13ft raft he has run it at 300 twice now.
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600 is boney and too low for me to raft it. 800 is not unheard of for rafts but you better run light and have skills. Anything over 1000 is good. I am an optimist....I am hoping for a peak in mid March that will be good. Snow pack is pretty good...
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Some friends kayaked it between 250 and 300 and they said it was fine.

Even if the water is too low, it will be a scenic hike!
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2-4" new snow on the way. It's over 300 at put in today...... I am optomistic on rafting with warming temps. Please river gods...... SMILE!!!
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The Black river gauge is up to 194.
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I ran my 18' boat, heavy, with 2 passengers, at 750 or so for the first day or two. I do think it came up to over 1000 by day 3. We got stuck a few times, but with better lines could probably have done without. The main rapids were fine because the flow was channelized enough.
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