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Old 02-02-2012   #1
 
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WESTWATER IN FEB?

Anybody floated Westwater this early? I'm toying with the idea of going Presidents Day weekend. I imagine that I shouldn't have trouble with ice? Hopefully there will be enough flow. Also, does anybody know where to rent dry suits?

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Troy

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Old 02-02-2012   #2
 
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Also, does anybody know where to rent dry suits?

Thanks,

Troy
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They have a great reputation. I used them for a June '11 MFS trip and was happy. Best part... they only charge for the days you're on the water.
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Old 02-03-2012   #3
 
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Pretty normal flow right now, 3k'ish
USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 09163500 COLORADO RIVER NEAR COLORADO-UTAH STATE LINE

Water temp has come up some over the past couple of weeks.
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We ran it on March 5th last year which was like... a week after the ice broke. In February, I called the office during hours, 8-12, and asked what the conditions of the ice were a couple of times. I ended up going for the permit before the ice broke, but only after I was fairly confident the ice would break before my launch.

They granted me a permit before the ice broke but were sure to try to dissuade me.
I would recommend calling them and keeping on top of what they know before you make a decision on a permit. It may be prudent to wait until they have confirmed that the canyon is clear before investing in one, but once the word is out the Saturday launches won't last long just like in the normal part of the season.
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