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Old 03-26-2018   #1
 
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Flows near Buena Vista?

By any chance does somebody know the flow on the Arkansas about now? Does it look like higher-than-usual early spring flows? How much lower is the flow near Buena Vista compared to Wellsville at this time of year(currently 276 cfs)?

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Old 03-26-2018   #2
 
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Here's your gauge for BV in the winter. It does freeze up in the dead of winter, but it is usually functional year round.

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If you want to start getting real specific you can add in the 9 cfs from Clear Creek and figure you also probably get 2-3 from Pine Creek and a couple more from Frenchman's and 3 Elk Creeks before it gets to the town of BV....

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So....... from my estimation you have about 130-135 cfs flowing through the play park in BV on the evening of March 26, 2018.
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Thanks Imyers, that's awesome!

Does anyone try to run any of the sections near BV at low levels?
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Old 03-27-2018   #4
 
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Definitely. Everything from Pine Creek down get ran at flows over 100 cfs. There are not many choices for lines, and there is certainly a lot of pin potential, but there is a strong community of kayakers in BV that boat the Ark as long as it's not frozen over. I have been out there below 100 cfs several times.
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Awesome! That's great to hear, thanks!
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