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Old 10-25-2008   #1
 
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Wood availability in Cataract Canyon

I'm heading down Cat next weekend and was wondering how much drift wood is at the camps for fires. Also wondering how far the current flows before becoming lake. I heard it flows to Hite now ... is this true? Thanks.

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Last few years you could row to hite, but the reservoir has been making an unfortunate comeback this year. I haven't been down there since July, but my guess is that there is only current to Dark Canyon at best (most likely not even that far). We motored off in July, would have been a long row if we hadn't. Drift wood shouldn't be a problem to find.
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Never had a problem with fire wood down cat. You can start collecting fire wood, hour or so before camp and place in tarp. I would take a motor and also lash everything down real-good ( as you probably know). Have fun
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I'm the motor.
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Never had a problem with fire wood down cat. You can start collecting fire wood, hour or so before camp and place in tarp. I would take a motor and also lash everything down real-good ( as you probably know). Have fun

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I have done it both ways with 33 ft. to 16ft. boats. You will have a great time which ever way you perfer. Fire wood will not be a problem.
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You don't go to Hite. It's about 20 feet above river level now I hear. You'll take out at Dirty Devil. It's pretty flat, and if you stopped right below the rapids it would be a long hard haul to make the rest in a day. If you can hammer out 5 or 10 miles after the rapids I'd say one solid day is reasonable. We did this and took out at dark last month.

We didn't have any trouble having fires every night, but that was a month ago... I'd bring 3 bundles as back up if you have room.
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Thank you all.
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