Originally Posted by esscubed
I've never done this run. For those of you that have, what is the minimum level for a 12' raft? What is the minimum level for a 14' raft?
For a 12 foot raft I would say the lowest you want to be on the river is 500 cfs. One time I launched around 500 after a rain event and it dropped to 200 in two days. We made it but that last day was miserable. There are a lot of places where the river splits and choosing the wrong channel, even at 500, means you might have to get out to drag rubber.
Right now would be the perfect time for a raft, but keep in mind it will drop from 1800 to 700 very quick. Personally, I wouldn't put on again below 700 because of how quick it can drop in these circumstances. Get in you car NOW. This should be on everyone's bucket list. Try to do three nights so you can enjoy the hot springs and side hikes otherwise you'll just be trying to make miles. PM if you want some details, there are also a few good threads on this trip.