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Old 05-04-2011   #1
 
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Upper Eagle Minimum Flow?

I need someone to confirm my memory of minimum flow for uppper Eagle and Dowd Chutes.

I think I remember paddling below Dowd Chutes through Edwards mile at 275cfs. It was bony/creeky, but doable, is that correct? Also, how low can you run Dowd Chutes?

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People have been running the Chute. Low but enough water to get down. We still need a bit more water for the upper eagle. It's going to turn on here very soon!
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It's going to be ripping this year. If your weather ever warms up (and it will), the snow could come down fast rivaling '83, '84 and was it '96 and '98? I forget now, but it sure was interesting running Dowd and Dead Cow and the fairgrounds...
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Thanks for the input, but what is your cutoff for a minimum in CFS? We were considering it for this weekend, if it would jump up.
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Maybe 300 CFS on the Avon gauge for a kayak???? You could probably get down the lower Eagle right now. It is reading 400-something in Gypsum, I think that is the very low side of runnable. It's supposed to be pretty warm, I bet by the weekend the flows will come up to runnable levels for everything on the Eagle.
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Maybe 300 CFS on the Avon gauge for a kayak???? You could probably get down the lower Eagle right now. It is reading 400-something in Gypsum, I think that is the very low side of runnable. It's supposed to be pretty warm, I bet by the weekend the flows will come up to runnable levels for everything on the Eagle.
Thanks for your reply whitelightening, I thought I did it at 275 on the Avon gauge, once upon a time.
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300 cfs equates to about 1.0' on the stick at Dowd (at least from my sketchy hydrograph i put together years ago). This is a doable level. Driving from Boulder? i might wait till it gets to 2.0' (approx. 600 cfs)

at 300 cfs behind River Run will be fine/fun. I wouldn't float down to Avon though. I would lap Dowd proper.

Big Chief- if you are C-1, i would think that behind River Run would be a hoot, boulder dodging and such.
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