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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
 
Buena Vista, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2019
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San Juan at 11,000cfs???

Hi all,
I have a permit for Monday, June 17 for my first time running the San Juan from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills. We have one 13 foot raft and a packraft with a fairly inexperienced boater.

I'm trying to determine how difficult this run will be at such a crazy high level. Our group only has one experienced boater and this is still his first time running this section. Is Government Rapid still portage-able at this level, if the need arises?

Thanks!

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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #2
 
Aurora, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2016
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I just got off it last Friday. There aren't many eddies and a lot of the landings come up quick and don't have much of a beach. You can still portage Government rapid, but beaching for the scout was a bit of a challenge. Government is just a big wave train at these levels, so I thought our scout was unnecessary. The most important thing is making your take-out at Clay Hills crossing. Make sure you are far river right as the tamarisk and willow appear for 1/2 mile or so. The take-out appears suddenly and can be blown by easily.
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