It took us 4-1/2 days to run it from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills at around 700cfs last year (we planned on 3 days). Of course having a cat and oarboat slowed us down by getting bogged down on sandbars, not to mention strong headwinds. The IK probably could have made it out a day earlier, but that still would have been 4 days.
Having only 3 days to run from SI to Clay Hills at this low flow sounds pretty ambitious. If the weather cooperates you might make it, but I'd cut off the SI to MH part and just launch at MH so you don't bite off more than you can chew. Good luck!
Originally Posted by krakeld
i've got a permit to launch on the 26th; the flow right now is 700 (? i think, it could have fallen some more). i've never run it at a low flow, it's always been above 3k.
so what's it like from sand island to clay hills at a flow of probably under 500cfs? i'm doing either a solo sea kayak or a pack raft trip and .......here's the kicker.....i have three days to do it because of a conflict in vacation schedules at work. lots of daylight. i know there's probably lots of other places i could go but i want to get back on the san juan.
a fools mission or what?
anybody run it that low?