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Old 06-07-2011   #1
 
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Westwater record.

Westwater is now showing 45,000. So will a new record be set this year?
The record is 54,000 in 1957. What major dams/diversions have come on line since 1957? Dillon, Blue Mesa, and what else? What's the highest flow post dam era?


I'm not going to ask the question "WW at 45,000?" I assume it's got to be a vision of god kind of experience.

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Probably not the kind of circumstances in which I'd want to become One with the Absolute.
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I think the flows were higher than 54K in 83' or 84', but I would need to check data to be sure. 76K comes to mind, and I saw a graph of it once upon a time. At any rate, above 35K or so most of the rapids wash out, but don't take it lightly or let that fool you. There are huge boils, eddy lines and lateral surges coming out of nowhere and Skull still requires hard pull to the right to stay off that "Rock of Shock" wall at the bottom. The highest I've seen is 40K. There were big roller waves at Little D, not much else but roller waves, boils and laterals down to Skull (there is still sort of a depression/drop at Funnel and you can sort of recognize where you are, but the big breaking waves were gone), a big left side lateral at the top of Skull leading into a wave train of big laterals/surges coming from the right and leading down to the wall with about a 6-8 pillow coming off that. The boils and eddy lines are strong enough to grab and suck down a raft tube. We went from WW to Cisco in 3.5 hours. That's about all I can remember. Good question.
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Sounds like fun. Any body have a big boat?
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USGS Surface Water for USA: Peak Streamflow
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Highest flow near the CO/UT state line is:

May 27, 1984 16.12ft 69,800cfs

per the link hojo provided.
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Got it on the record flow. I think I was looking at the record flow for yesterday.

In that case well sheeeit, this ain't nothin'
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Yah, thanks for the info. Still think I saw a graph once that said 70K something but maybe another time another river . . . . still a damn lot of water through a narrow canyon!
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Well, I'm willing to bet that the Canyon was a touch higher since there are tributaries along the way which could have put 200 more cfs into the river. My guess is that someone simply rounded up.
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I think the flows were higher than 54K in 83' or 84', but I would need to check data to be sure. 76K comes to mind, and I saw a graph of it once upon a time. At any rate, above 35K or so most of the rapids wash out, but don't take it lightly or let that fool you. There are huge boils, eddy lines and lateral surges coming out of nowhere and Skull still requires hard pull to the right to stay off that "Rock of Shock" wall at the bottom. The highest I've seen is 40K. There were big roller waves at Little D, not much else but roller waves, boils and laterals down to Skull (there is still sort of a depression/drop at Funnel and you can sort of recognize where you are, but the big breaking waves were gone), a big left side lateral at the top of Skull leading into a wave train of big laterals/surges coming from the right and leading down to the wall with about a 6-8 pillow coming off that. The boils and eddy lines are strong enough to grab and suck down a raft tube. We went from WW to Cisco in 3.5 hours. That's about all I can remember. Good question.
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