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Old 03-08-2017   #1
 
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2017 Owhyee

Looks like it's going to be a high lake year. I talked with Robin from JV yesterday and she said they were actively working in reopening the birch creek road due to wash out areas, but Leslie is GTG.

Feels like winter here but season kickoff is T- 7 days👍
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Old 03-08-2017   #2
 
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A subset of our crew is looking at a mid-April lower Owyhee (Rome to LG) trip. Yee haw!
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Old 03-08-2017   #3
 
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Do you think flows will hold through mid-June? We are hoping put on the Owyhee on June 19th on our way to our Rogue trip this year.
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Old 03-09-2017   #4
 
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Could be but it's likely to be really low by then. The daily mean discharge based on 68 years of data is 718 cfs on June 19. American Whitewater reports the lower Owyhee to be runnable from 750 - 10,000 cfs. However the monthly mean discharge for June 2011 was 3012 cfs. I guess it all depends what kind of spring we have this year.
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2011 was an unusual spring. Very cool and wet with a delayed runoff across the Northern Rockies.
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Old 03-09-2017   #6
 
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I did a solo kayak-self support trip down the Owyhee last year (April 26 to May 1) and really enjoyed it. I'm hoping to do another run again this year and have been keeping an eye on the snow pack, etc. Out of curiosity, I started Googling commercial trips to see when they run it and how often. This was by no means an exhaustive search, but I came up with seven outfitters running 16 different trips between 4/12 and 5/13. Almost half the trips were in the last week of April.

As permits become harder and harder to snag on the 4 Rivers, I think the Owyhee will see increasing pressure. At what point usage of the Owyhee increases to the point that permits become limited, I don't know. Right now, it still feels like a "remote" run, but it's really not much of a drive from Boise. Campsites seemed to be in fairly good shape last year, but that was after several years when the runoff was so meager there were few private or commercial trips.
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Could be but it's likely to be really low by then. The daily mean discharge based on 68 years of data is 718 cfs on June 19. American Whitewater reports the lower Owyhee to be runnable from 750 - 10,000 cfs. However the monthly mean discharge for June 2011 was 3012 cfs. I guess it all depends what kind of spring we have this year.








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Hoping for a cool spring.

How many days do people take to go from Rome to LG?
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4 days in canoes at 1300 cfs

That was my first time down, and it was a reasonable pace.
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Hoping for a cool spring.

How many days do people take to go from Rome to LG?
As many as possible within the 14 day limit.
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