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Old 04-16-2019   #1
 
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High-Water Owyhee Advice

Planning to launch on the Owyhee on Thursday, running from Rome to Birch. I've run it once @ around 3500cfs. We'll have three rafts and four kayaks. Two of the rowers are kayakers and while they can read water, they're fairly novice on the sticks. The river just spiked to 6800... and although it looks like it's rise is slowing, there are some warm temps in the forecast and a TON of upper elevation snow left. Hoping some Owyhee regulars could chime in on what's TOO high. Any other advice for a high-water run appreciated.

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Old 04-16-2019   #2
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Can Blarnystoner get "too high"

I talked to Fred today on the phone.
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Lol... not in camp. I just heard. Thanks Jason!
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Old 04-16-2019   #4
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Here is an older thread more discussing widowmaker section which is what I am planning but having a wait and see mentality. as mentioned by blarny some of the snowtel sites in Northern NV are 300-500%.

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I was about to post the same question. We are launching Friday - fairly experienced crew but the First time doing the Owyhee. Would hate to bail now but curious at what flows it becomes sketchy
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Problem is, "sketchy" is a relative term. We had a glorious time on the upper owyhee at 18K cfs, while a family of 4 ditched all their gear and was rescued at Rustlers Cabin on the lower Owyhee.
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Problem is, "sketchy" is a relative term. We had a glorious time on the upper owyhee at 18K cfs, while a family of 4 ditched all their gear and was rescued at Rustlers Cabin on the lower Owyhee.
Good point Shap

I shouldn't be so focused on some sort of imaginary line between safe and sketchy - clearly it is relative, and based on experience, familiarity with the river, etc. It's a new river for me so mostly interested in hearing experiences folks have had at higher flows. I know that certain rivers/rapids (like the Slide on the Lower Salmon) certain flows are reached and a rapid changes from a class 2 to a 5. I've done my research on the Lower Owyhee and that doesn't seem to be the case but curious how meaty the rapids get at 6 K, 9K, 12 K???

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The highest i have ran it was 4800. Most features get washed out. The eddy lines do get strong especially in the canyon. There is one feature in there that is not mentioned much and i will do my vest to highlight it here... it is easily avoided but if not or you have a swimmer its game over...

Image one shows an sat image showing whisteling bird rapid #4.... the box on top right is the area showing the next picture zoomed up.. #1 is a big rock face with an undercut.. really cool to row up to at 700cfs. #2 is the bat cave a must stop at lower flows for sure... #3 is a death sieve.. my next post will show images of these three.. just avoid the left hand side... at number one th current at 4800 will pull a smaller boat right into the wall and pancake it.. if you wash out the right swim right because you are headed for the sieve..

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Image of the magnetic wall at 700 cfs #1.. great bass fishing at that level

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Picture from inside the batcave #2.. i have stopped at 1000 cfs not sure what level it might be hard to stop but i imagine its really high before you cant. Just dont flip a ducky pulling in.

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