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Old 07-19-2019   #1
North Powder, Oregon
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Green: Split Mountain to Sandwash Question

I am running Flaming Gorge through Cataract soon with the possible exception of the Split Mountain to Sandwash stretch. I have a 4 day gap between Dino and Deso permits. Has anyone here done this at low water without a motor? I don’t mind rowing 12+ hours a day but it is not an option for me to miss the Deso launch day as I’ll have a group waiting. What do you all think? Realistic to do? Sneaky sandbars to deal with? Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 07-20-2019   #2
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Do not have any advice on running it in 4 days, but here is a TR with photos of someone I've boated with doing it in 2 days at high water. Might provide some information.

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Old 07-20-2019   #3
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It's doable but not much fun. I've done it in 5 days and in 4 days at pretty low water. I think it was flowing at 1500 cfs in Lodore. It's long, flat days. It's kinda scenic. Camping can be a little sketchy.
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Old 07-21-2019   #4
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We did it in the fall at ~2500 in kayaks in 3.5 days. We were lucky with very little wind and it was still fairly long days (7-8 hrs). Didn't even try to camp at marked camps, most were up steep banks, but there were lots of sand bars. Wildlife and migrating birds were spectacular and we enjoyed that section. Trip report:
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Old 07-21-2019   #5
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So you leave your group at Split in the afternoon and then have 4 nights before the launch date on Deso? I would say it's totally doable, and easily so if you don't mind spending all day on the boat. Do you have a bimini? Do everything except sleep while floating. Tie off on a tammy or pound a sand stake into a sandbar and take a nap while the wind blows in the afternoon, and keep floating while the stars come out until it's time to throw down your paco in front of the sand stake for the night. If you do that, I don't think you'll even have to row all that much. is offline   Reply With Quote

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