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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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San Juan trip late August/flows

Anyone have any idea of anticipated flow during late August this year? I know CO is sitting fat for snowpack. In folks experience how’s the river into August for rowing a 16ft gear boat

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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #2
 
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Upper or Lower? Upper almost always has enough water. Lower is a different story.
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August will likely have flows between 350 and 500 cfs. I don't think the snow is going to last until then,so you're just down to base flow coming from the Navajo Dam. We had an 18' boat down there last year in August, and several 14' boats. We all scraped the bottom a couple of times on sand/gravel bars but no big deal.
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On the other hand, I once showed up for an early Sept SJ trip in a monsoon rain storm after weeks of 400 cfs, launched on 2k cfs, and was on the river as it peaked at 17k. So the river is like a box of chocolates.....
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