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Deso flows??

We are to launch on June 9. 3 rafts, 1 IK, and 1 tandem wwcanoe (experienced paddlers). But, for one of the raft oarsmen, this will be his first trip other than a training classes he is currently taking on the Rogue.


NOAA is predicting flows to be around 26K cfs on June 8th.


What is the likelyhood that flows will continue to climb? How high?



Personally, I am getting nervious regarding the newbee in big water.

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It's Deso, you should be OK
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Thanks, this will be our first time on the Deso- Green River.

Also, am using the gauge at Green River for my flow info
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I think the Green River near Jensen is the better gauge for Deso. I've only ever done it at flows of 20k-ish....it's always a hoot! Enough rapids to keep you entertained....but not enough to keep you from drinking a few beers while you're floating.
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Desolation Canyon over 20K just keeps getting faster. Not too much trouble to be found, but if you go looking for it it is there. Most rapids are washed out with just random waves. Pulling over to camp gets a bit quicker at the higher flows. Also - catching up to your ww canoe after they bail could be a bit more exciting.

The eddies at the higher flows in 2011 were to be avoided. It was a really long lap to pull out of them.

If you are not motoring you will appreciate the higher flows.

https://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/station/f...n=&showflow=on

Remember - this gauge is in Green River, UT and it takes a couple days for the water to get there!
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I heard they cut back on the flows out of flaming gorge to keep it around ~20K, so I don't believe it will get really crazy. See you on the river we have a June 8th put-on. Does anybody know if there are any bugs yet ? Dream Flows great way to see above and below the canyon http://www.dreamflows.com/flows.php?...olorado_Rivers
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Thanks all for the info.



We had a late June permit in 2011, but when flows were running at 35K, we bailed and headed to the Owyhee.

Trip leader said if flows get too high, we'll head for the Owyhee again.


Hopefully the canoe will do ok, they only swam 9 times when they did the GC, but they were also a decade and a half younger-LOL And said canoe dumped at the bottom half of Montgomery, but that trip was a self contained trip - no raft support in 2011.



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I heard they cut back on the flows out of flaming gorge to keep it around ~20K, so I don't believe it will get really crazy. See you on the river we have a June 8th put-on. Does anybody know if there are any bugs yet ? Dream Flows great way to see above and below the canyon http://www.dreamflows.com/flows.php?...olorado_Rivers


Per the ranger no bugs as of yesterday.
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From what Iíve heard at these flows Joe is the biggest issue - avoid the hole on the right & keep it straight through the waves. Anyone know differently?
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