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Old 06-27-2018   #1
 
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Float times on Ruby/Horsethief

Does anyone have any information as to how long the float times are through Ruby/Horsethief with the water at 2600 cfs? We have an upcoming trip but our camp is at Blackrocks. How long is it taking rafters to cover the 16 miles from Loma to Blackrocks at the current water level? Previously we have covered about 3 miles/hour but this was with the water closer to 4000 cfs. Any information is helpful.

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Old 06-27-2018   #2
 
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We got about 3 mph in April when it was around 3 K cfs. It'll be a long day getting to BR from Loma, especially if the winds pick up in the afternoon. For us on day 2 the headwind was so bad it took over an hour to round the corner and get to BR.
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Thank you for the information Dunkins. This helps with some of the logistics.
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Old 06-29-2018   #4
 
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Early this year at similar flows we woke up to wind and it took us 7 hours to go from black rocks 4 to westwater. this is a worst case .
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I just heard from the BLM that there is really no "flow" to the river at this flow and its a whole lot of paddling
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Old 06-29-2018   #6
 
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Zak:

At such a low level you might want to leave the raft at home and rent/borrow a canoe. A heck of a lot faster when paddling and less wind resistance.

But it's still better than being at home!!

Best of luck,

Tom
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