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Old 08-24-2013   #1
 
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San juan late September?

I have a permit to raft the San juan from Mexican hat to clay hills on September 27th. I've been told that the flows could be low & it's better in the spring. Anyone rafted San juan this time of year. I want to bring my 3 yr old.

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Rivers in Utah are experiencing an epic drought. River will likely be at 400 cfs or lower. That can be a lot of work for Mexican Hat to Clay Hills. Government Rapid may not be a smart place for a 3 year old at that level as it is relatively technical and can easily lead to be wedged on a mid-river rock for a while. The last miles will undoubtedly require dragging the raft through the shallow channels left by Lake Powell damage.

Sand Island to Mexican Hat can still be manageable at those levels.

I did the lower stretch last fall and would not do so again. Too much work and too many opportunities to damage a raft. But others disagree.

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Old 08-25-2013   #3
 
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I just got back yesterday from the San Juan and it is really low. I was in a ducky and had to walk a few times. There is no way a raft can run past Government rapid. A canoe or ducky might. Good Luck!
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Old 08-25-2013   #4
 
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Thank you

This forum is great...I just joined yesterday. That was exactly the info I needed...I will NOT be rafting down the San juan late September. Thanks for the beta
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This forum is great...I just joined yesterday. That was exactly the info I needed...I will NOT be rafting down the San juan late September. Thanks for the beta
That's too bad. Scenery and weather-wise it's probably the best time of year. Experience on the run helps avoid the sand bars though.
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Water Level Today Was 6500 Cfs. I Understand That Water Comes Up When Irrigation Ends. I Would Run It Over 750.
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I Am Doing Sand Island To Mexican Hat On The 15 Of Sept.
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usgs gauge at bluff reads 9000 right now..... wow!
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epic floods all through the SW right now. Not the standard monsoon pattern.
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Just got off a 5 day lower govmt trip. Flows were between 700 and 2k the whole time. Had to leave early because the river was about to spike to 15k. Just saying, saw the river surge 7 inches while pulling the rafts.
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