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Old 04-02-2013   #1
 
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Waterton at 260 cfs?

Whats the scoop. Never done it that low. Anybody paddle it recently? Ice? Can you still get down the river at 260 cfs? I'm not deterred by min flows, but want to make sure a boat will actually float from put in to take out.

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Old 04-02-2013   #2
 
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low but it will float. Have seen some nasty river wide ice dams in early runs year past. Easy to run down and look. Good early fishing too
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It definitely goes that low as long as there is no ice. I have decided not to go to waterton below 300 but thats just me - I don't like to go to Bailey below 280 either so adjust accordingly.
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Second hand report from yesterday saying Waterton was completely open.
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I was in there on Sat and there were no ice issues...It was low as...but it went and it was nice to be out.
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I was there Thursday and it was mostly clear of ice, though there is a spot you'll have to portage because the flow diverts to the right and there's not enough flow river left to clear two boulders.
Also, you'll have to take out early as the trail to the beach at the bottom is snowed in and isn't accessible.
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Bailey at 280 is fluffy. Paddle a sea kayak at those flows.
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I was there Thursday and it was mostly clear of ice, though there is a spot you'll have to portage because the flow diverts to the right and there's not enough flow river left to clear two boulders.
Also, you'll have to take out early as the trail to the beach at the bottom is snowed in and isn't accessible.
This wasn't the case over the weekend and it was only at <200. As for taking out early - it was a little snowy and steep, but I didn't take out early nor was it dangerous. Sunny weather may have changed things a bit.

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Bailey at 280 is fluffy.
What's this 280-fluffy-Bailey biznass? Day-after-4-1 joke talk, i suppose....
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Bailey at 280 is fluffy.
I might start to agree with you if we don't get any more snow. Bailey at 280 might be considered high water this year.
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What is the level of difficulty at this level? I have never ran waterton: but sure would love to get into my boat.

If anyone is headed out tomorrow or Thursday I would be up for it. Temps should be in the low 60's tomorrow and upper 60's on Thursday.

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