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Old 03-20-2019   #11
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Paddling Since: 2016
Join Date: Jun 2016
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I just got off the Gila River on Sunday. We did a 2-day descent of the 40-mile wilderness section in hardshell kayaks (btw, I don't recommend this method, take your time!). The river was between 800-900cfs the whole weekend after peaking at 2280cfs earlier last week.

There were only 2 river-wide strainers on our trip. One was about 1 mile above turkey creek, the second about 1 mile below. approximate locations (pulled from my gps tracker based on our portages) are below:


The first was easier to avoid as there is a good beach on river left just above it.
The second snuck up on us and had only very small eddys on river left. I ended up having to hold a branch until my group could hold me stead long enough to not get washed into the tree (I was up front and didn't have as many options by the time I saw it).

Everything else was really clean, some trees hanging into the side of the river, but lots of room to get around. A raft might have trouble squeezing by some depending on its size.

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Old 03-27-2019   #12
Snowflake, Arizona
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We paddled the Wilderness Run 115-17 March at 800-1000 cfs and there weren't any real strainers, until after Turkey Creek, but even those were passable with good paddle skills. Both of these looked new.

Of course, there's always more trees that can fall in due to high flows, bank erosion, beaver etc., but there are certainly no log jams to worry about.
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