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Old 06-11-2008   #1
 
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Yampa Deerlodge flooding

From the NPS Morning Report 6/11/08
(I like the comment about rafters being forced to launch from picnic tables!)

Dinosaur National Monument
High River Waters Flood Deerlodge Area


Due to runoff from the higher than average snowpack in the Rocky Mountains this year, the Yampa River has been experiencing flooding along its entire length. The campground, boat ramp, pump house and parking lot at Deerlodge have flooded several times, and rafters have been forced to launch off the campground entrance road and from picnic tables. Some river camps have been affected, and monitoring continues at Echo Park and Green River campgrounds, where some campsites are threatened by rising water. The park has also developed an emergency plan to evacuate river rafters if necessary. The weather continues to be cold and rainy, with overnight temperatures dipping into the 30s. Several groups have cancelled their trips after arriving at Deerlodge and looking at conditions. Warm Springs Rapid has become extremely challenging, and river rangers have spent hours both guiding rafting parties through it and providing a downstream safety net. Forecasts are calling for the river to remain high. Videos of rafts flipping in Warm Springs have turned up on YouTube (search for “Yampa River, Warm Springs”). [Submitted by Kathy Krisko, Assistant Chief Ranger]

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Old 06-11-2008   #2
 
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Don't cancel!

We did the Yampa from May 31 - June 4 and it was fantastic. A buddy even ran all of it in a "Snack Pack" - https://www.alpackaraft.com/store/in...D=66&do=detail

The final ten miles of Split Mountain was pretty much one long wave train. So much fun!

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From the NPS Morning Report 6/11/08
(I like the comment about rafters being forced to launch from picnic tables!)

Dinosaur National Monument
High River Waters Flood Deerlodge Area


Due to runoff from the higher than average snowpack in the Rocky Mountains this year, the Yampa River has been experiencing flooding along its entire length. The campground, boat ramp, pump house and parking lot at Deerlodge have flooded several times, and rafters have been forced to launch off the campground entrance road and from picnic tables. Some river camps have been affected, and monitoring continues at Echo Park and Green River campgrounds, where some campsites are threatened by rising water. The park has also developed an emergency plan to evacuate river rafters if necessary. The weather continues to be cold and rainy, with overnight temperatures dipping into the 30s. Several groups have cancelled their trips after arriving at Deerlodge and looking at conditions. Warm Springs Rapid has become extremely challenging, and river rangers have spent hours both guiding rafting parties through it and providing a downstream safety net. Forecasts are calling for the river to remain high. Videos of rafts flipping in Warm Springs have turned up on YouTube (search for “Yampa River, Warm Springs”). [Submitted by Kathy Krisko, Assistant Chief Ranger]
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Old 06-12-2008   #3
 
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Just got off Yampa June 10

rig day June 4 and launch June 5.

solid rain and cold both days - seemed like winter time! At least one group came to Deer Lodge, saw the rain, cold and big time mud in the rig area and decided to not do the float.

Rained on us down to afternoon of June 7th, then awesome sunny days with chilly nights. Awesome weather!

During our rig day and late afternoon launch day, river just coming in over the sides of the river bank, but Deerlodge area usable - just muddy big time on the road.

Got off river June 10.

Big Joe rapid was big time Grand Canyon type rapid, rest of the rapids down to Warm Springs from Deer lodge, hi flow but manageable.

Warm Springs looked like something down in Chile's Fu River according to one of our trip's very experienced rafters who has rowed that river.

On June 10th we ran Split Mountain which was big time flow but like a down hill ski run, stay on the correct line and things are good to go. The big rock at Inglesble's was totally covered but the run down left side canyon wall was great fun. Seemed like the entire run took very little time as all the rapids ran together. Take out ramp was a small eddy on river right and easy to miss if you were relaxing.

As of afternoon of June 10th, we drove thru Steamboat and the Yampa was still hi but not overflowing it's banks like it was on the trip out.

All and all, it was an awesome time to be on the Yampa / Green and I am sure the stories told will go on for a long time.

We were lucky as there were no "flat spots" to row as the usual flats had current.
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Old 06-13-2008   #4
 
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We ran Yampa from Deerlodge May 21-25. River was 18,000 when we put on and 23,000 when we got to Warm Aprings. It was my first rafting trip and the one of the best times I've had in my life. See the story and pics The Yampa at 23,000 cfs « Post Irony
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Got some video up of Warm Springs on May 23, 23,000 cfs. Post Irony
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At least one group came to Deer Lodge, saw the rain, cold and big time mud in the rig area and decided to not do the float.

Drove all the way to Deerlodge and turned their back on one of the best floats in the west? Tell em that they are the king of all douche's and to sell their shit
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