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Old 05-09-2019   #101
 
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #102
 
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So, is this enough flow for most lightly loaded 14-15' rafts, starting out May 26? J

Tuesday May 14, 2019 McPhee Release Update
Today, McPhee will begin running temperature suppression flows of about 100 CFS downstream in support of the fishery – this will be on top of the current fishery releases of 40 CFS, bringing the total releases to approximately 140 CFS. These flows will run until the beginning of the managed release or “spill”, which will start on Tuesday May 21st. Releases will then increase at a rate of about 400 CFS per day in order to achieve releases of 1,200 CFS by the morning of Friday May 24th. This rate will then be maintained through Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. On the morning of Tuesday May 28th, flows will ramp down to 800 CFS and will remain there at least through noon on Thursday May 30th. The managed release is expected to continue after May 30th for an undetermined period of time and at undetermined flow rates.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #103
 
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Yea it won't be big enough for rafting till the 26th
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #104
 
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We'd be launching at Slickrock (or Gypsum), not higher at Bradford.
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Got it. Trying to gauge the speed of the release myself. Comparing how long the flows take to reach the various gauges in previous years is what I have been up to this afternoon.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #106
 
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We'd be launching at Slickrock (or Gypsum), not higher at Bradford.
I just got back from a 3 day solo IKy trip from Gypsum to Bedrock with flows ~280 cfs. It’s very channelized through that stretch and even with that little water 99% of it would go in a larger boat and a little skill at maneuvering. You’d definitely get stuck here and there in a few rapids and where rockfall in the river chokes it off abit. So anymore water and, uh,...more easy, IMHO. That all said, these current low flows are much better suited to kayaks, IKies, or small, light paddle rafts. I think a big wing span with oars might get a little old...or not, in places.

I went down there to give it a look at these low flows and at the least learn about the new-to-me river abit even if I didn’t launch. Not a damn soul or car at either the put in or take out parking lots or on the river for those 3 days.

Heh, I’m almost reluctant to post the info but the river needs some love and attention, no doubt.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #107
 
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Gonna be close. I'd predict yer on the ramp, looking upstream for the swell like a surfer. Good plan as every other buzzard here is on your heels searching for unrecognizable camps. Shit fight in a beautiful place, hope everyone plays nice.
Me, I'll be on the Juan, hitting up my local D in the following weeks when the shit fight has subsided.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #108
 
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Yeah, the stretch I did had very few good camps. A couple showed signs of maintenance, the rest not so much.

And big groups...you’re fucked.
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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #109
 
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and a nice boat ramp just downstream of slickrock at Gypsum Valley.
Bwahahaha!!!

Here’s a pic of that “nice boat ramp” May 2019.
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Hey, does anybody know the status of river access in Slick Rock?
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