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Old 04-09-2018   #1
 
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San Juan River Question

Launching next Monday, April 16th from Sand Island to Mexican Hat on the San Juan with 2 -16 ft catarafts with fishing frames. At what CFS will this become a bad idea? Is 500 CFS too low?

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Old 04-09-2018   #2
 
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You should be fine , we floated third week in March at 460 cfs and had an 18 footer with us, no hay problema. We did great and had no issues.
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What do you folks think about running the lower in late April in 18 and 16 ft rafts if flows stay lower than 500 cfs?

I've run that section a handful of times at 500 - 700-ish flows in the last 10 or so years, but does anyone think this season will be different or worse?
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just got off the San Juan. Did 8 days to clay hills, not much has changed, pin ball action in government hope for more balling then pinning lots of fire wood thru-out the corridor. the sand and mud is chocking the take out some. Had a great time all and all.
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We did Sand Island to the Hat in late March with 3 14 foot rafts and 16 foot cat. There was some hot sandbar action and lots of sleepers that would usually be well below the surface, but it wasn't too bad.

Incidentally, we heard from several BLM folks that there probably wouldn't be a spring release from Navajo at all this year, so you're looking at 470-500 whenever you go for the foreseeable future.
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We did sand island to clay hills last week in march at 480. No problems in the Upper stretch. Did notice that levels bumped up to close to 600 yesterday. Depends on irrigation use once water is released from Navajo Dam.
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No problems last week on the upper with 460 cfs. It was slow, but luckily not windy. Much colder than I expected. Forecast temps were supposed to be in the 40's and 50's overnight. First night dropped to 24.... brrrr.
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Went in late March from Sand Island to Clay Hills at around 460. The key on the lower at that level, imo, is to not load your boat down with all sorts of things you don't really need, and have your weight evenly distributed. We had one raft on our trip that was dragging in the back and had problems dragging off sand bars. Otherwise, we were fine in 14-foot rafts. --the lack of run-off this year is alarming, but one interesting result is super clear water. Who knew there were so many rocks on the river bed of the San Juan? Super nice float.
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I've got a Sand Island -> Clay Hills permit for mid-June, so I'm following these San Juan threads with great interest. How many days are you all taking at these low flows? Is 7 sufficient?
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Launching next Monday, April 16th from Sand Island to Mexican Hat on the San Juan with 2 -16 ft catarafts with fishing frames. At what CFS will this become a bad idea? Is 500 CFS too low?

So how was it ? I have a May 1 launch and hoping they keep at 500 or above
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