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Old 03-31-2012   #1
 
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Wilson River, OR at 9100cfs

Hey guys,

Crazy rain up here in Oregon, the Wilson is over 9000cfs with some rain in the forecast over the weekend. Thinking of running it on Sunday, but cant find any info on the river at this level. Anyone have some input on how the character of the river changes at this level? I did it at about 3800cfs last spring, but I figure it is a totally different animal at 9000csf. Looking at MP 15 to MP 8. Thanks for any help,

Matt

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I ran Jordan to MP 8 at 10k a few years back. It's super fun if you are comfortable with flood stage big water. The river moves really fast, with lots of swirly water. The playground gets huge and you have to watch out for the monster hole on the left near the end of the rapid. I portaged the narrows, the thought of the pour over whole was too scary to imagine. The portage really sucked though...

You can scout the gorges from the road as well as playground. The narrows is hard to get down to check out.
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Thanks for the info, river is down to 6900cfs, I am going to wait and see what it does with the light rain we are getting today. Not looking forward to the portage.
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Oh I guess I should have also asked if you were in a raft or a kayak. My experience at that level was in a kayak. If you are kayaking, you may want to look at running the Devil's Lake Fork as an option as well. It is one of my favorite runs and flows nicely when the Wilson is 3500cfs or above.
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Yeah, we will be in kayaks, the river has dropped to 5600cfs, hoping it will keep going down to avoid the portage, but rain is in the forecast overnight. Have you ran the narrows around 5000cfs? Considering Devils lake fork as well. Thanks again,

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