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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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March multi-day

I have time off in March so I’m thinking of my next trip. Any recommendations for class III- IV H20.. cataract concerns me cause I don’t have a motor. Owyhee might not have the flow.. I’m new to rafting in the states but I’m stoked.. oh, and the salt is to far from where I live. Southern BC.. would the salmon have whitewater in March?

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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #2
 
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March is 5 months away. Nobody can tell you what is going to have water or what the weather is going to be like. Ask again in February...
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The Salmon will most likely still be iced up in spots. If I were you I'd look at Hells Canyon. Lower elevation, guaranteed whitewater and flow due to the dam and there probably wouldn't be that many people that time of year.
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Interested, thanks for the invite!
I had an awesome season, still not ready for upcoming hard water season, already thinking of next year.


Southern BC is still going to be cold as hell.

It's not a multiday, but the Lochsa usually has some fun flows by late March. Wilderness Gateway is usually still snowed in and the Ghetto is quiet.
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The Lower Salmon should be low enough at the Slide to run. The Deschutes and Rogue are always runnable.
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Would the lower salmon be runnable in March?
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Here's a link for the Lower Salmon flows. Click on the "1y" above the graph to get the last years data.

On March 1, the flow was 4270. September 1 it was 3710.

https://snoflo.org/report/flow/idaho...rd-id/history/
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I've run Hells Canyon several times in March, typically the weather is nice and the annoying things are not out yet (people and Poison ivy). Flows are usually good as well. I'd recommend taking out at Dug Bar, Snake Lake can really suck that time of year.
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Upper salt pre permit can be awesome.
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Lately we've been doing a mid-March Lower Salmon River trip in Idaho.
11 or 12 days, 132 miles, Class II and III.
PM for details.
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