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Old 04-16-2019   #51
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My theory is that the snowpack is melting, but filling up the aquifers that are dry from last year. I see the glistening on the high snow every day, but no real river flow increases.

When they are back to full, it will cut loose meaningfully because it is late in the sun cycle by about a month vs. 2017. At 150% I would think they should get full again to 2017 levels, and then some.
Or I could be wrong. Time will always tell.

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Old 04-17-2019   #52
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A little less than 53’ bellow max reservoir elevation now.
The river probably thought, “ he is such an insignificant, pitiful, little creature, with such a short time to live, I will let him go this time, and try to teach him something” - Buzz Holmstrum
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Old 04-18-2019   #53
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Originally Posted by AzPackrafter View Post
Paddled 2 miles of the San Miguel to the confluence and then about 20 miles of the Dolores towards Gateway. Was great scenery
Hi there. I saw your post about floating the miguel to the dolores. We are packrafters from Flagstaff and are looking at a number of runs for Saturday-Wed of next week. I am super interested to hear more about your trip. Specs? Did you run into barbed wire in the river? -Sarah
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Old 04-18-2019   #54
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I have floated that stretch a couple of times. Put in at the Uravan site there is a huge flagpole there that you can't miss. I think it's six miles to the confluence with the D. About a mile after the confluence there is a camp on river left with a very short hike to a very cool feature. Landing comes up fast, be ready. River right around the corner, maybe a half mile is a camp that has wild asperigus about this time of year. Plenty of room on this one. Almost all of the float is roadside if that bothers you. Very little traffic. Mile 125 river right is the last shady camp before Gateway. It's not on any map. Scenery is fabulous the whole way. Only one real rapid as I recall which runs right. Awesome stretch of river with a short shuttle. No barbed wire anywhere. Go for it, you wont regret it.
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Old 04-19-2019   #55
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Thanks for the input. I'm starting to get the traction I need to get this thing going. That being said, I do have another question.

What about driftwood? I would think there would be an abundance, but what is the expected approach to fire wood here. Should I bring some or is there driftwood to be used?
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Old 04-19-2019   #56
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any updates on the Dolores outlook meeting last night?

did anybody go? curious how the discussion went and what the flow outlook might be...

nothing posted on the conservancy district or advocacy sites yet....
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Old 04-19-2019   #57
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The Slickrock guage hit 1,970 CFS this morning and ~1,800 yesterday after being asleep during the last cold front. Today and tomorrow warm before another storm moves in Sunday. How much low elevation snow is left out in that area? Anyone care to guess how long these flows will last? They definitely are low elevation snow melting, it dropped below 1,000 overnight then popped up quickly. Would be fun but having it drop out mid canyon could suck...
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Old 04-19-2019   #58
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Lots of firewood. Not so much driftwood but old dead stuff in thickets etc. If you have loppers and a pruning saw you are golden.
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Old 04-21-2019   #59
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The lower may have a few days left in it yet. Yesterday's cloud cover slowed the melt but looking at seventies by the end of next week at 7k, it'll be hot down low.

In upper Dolores news, ran Bear Creek down yesterday and cut out two strainers. All clear below Bear Creek.
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Old 04-22-2019   #60
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The lower Dolores was rocking on Saturday and State Line was no joke at 4k.
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