Cataract Oct 19-22. A most rewarding trip as always: feeling like an ant in a cathedral.
Here was our trip findings:
Powell reservoir level was 17 feet higher
than our trip last October. Even though the lake is 73 feet below full pool level
, it's influence is more pronounced this year than last on Cataract's last day. As a result we found that:
Any named camp below Waterhole was pretty much under water, swampy, or just being uncovered by water and not usable until it dries out. Of course with keen river eyes you could probably rough camp somewhere a little higher above the river but not sure I'd recommend it for a good time. At the lake level a couple of weeks ago (i.e, about one foot higher then now) I would call Waterhole the last decent camp until the take-out 29 miles down river at North Wash.
The river current appeared to end just below the mouth of Gypsum Canyon at our flow of 7,200 cfs below the confluence. The water seemed sluggish even with a good motor/weight ratio (10hp/5 rafts/9 peeps). Below Gypsum to the take-out we were 100% grateful the upstream w--d was calm (for once!!) on our float out to North Wash.
-North Wash ramp is in great shape and easy to use at this reservoir level.
-Camping up a little higher than normal above the river is easily 3-5 degrees warmer in the morning. Crazy thermocline action going on.
cheers river brethren