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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
Edd Franz, BLM Montrose
 
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San Miguel Strainer Update

About 1/4 to 1/2 mile upriver from Caddis Flats the river splits into two channels. Recommend that boaters stay right while this high water allows. The left channel has at least one pretty bad strainer that's hard to avoid. This is the place where the river re-routed last year.

Also, there's a new strainer that came in just above Caddis Flats last night. You can see it from the highway right next to the access road to Caddis. Sounds like you need to make an effort to get far left to get around it. Recommend that you scout it when you shuttle.

The river is up and cranking, and continuing to get higher as the weather warms. As always with this river, new strainers show up with some frequency. Always be alert for new and unexpected hazards.

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Thanks for clarifying the situation. There was some uncertainty on another thread about the current conditions of that fork above Caddis.


Bear in mind, all, that the San Miguel is a mostly North facing drainage that tends to peak a little later than other rivers but still drains a large area and can get quite high and fast.


Carnage on the lower sections tends to ensue above about 1,600 CFS on the Placerville gauge which is inevitable this year. Takeouts start getting difficult to hit, large holes form and flipped boats can be impossible to catch due to a constant gradient for miles.
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strainer on San Miguel

Anyone knows what's the status of strainers on the San Miguel now?
Please send an update.
Thanks
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There's some wood but avoidable. Ran Caddis to Beaver on July 4. Big waves and holes. Fun level in a raft. The right channel goes at this level. Beware at lower.
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Was 1400. FYI. Down valley Park if you don't want to run saw pit. Otherwise Caddis or specie put in. Go for it! It's coming down.
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Tree down mid-river just upstream from the Specie Creek bridge. Could become difficult as the flows drop.
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