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Old 01-02-2014   #1
 
williams, Oregon
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Selway levels

What are the best levels to run the Selway?
I'm looking to know the easiest levels, not radical.
This group is comprised of Class IV boaters.

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Old 01-02-2014   #2
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I think you should also qualify what type of craft you plan on paddling/rowing

IK trips can be had at quite low levels.
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We will be in 14' self balers with one passenger each and gear.
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From 2' to around 4' at the Paradise gauge. Above that starts to get pushy and if you swim or flip you can go a long way and/or have hard time stopping. Below 2' begins to get boney, although I've seen 14' rigs down there at just over a foot in late August. Now predicting when those flows are going to happen, THAT is an art...! The historical levels are useful, but any given year is a crap shoot. Looking to enter the lottery?
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Picked dates in the 3rd week of June, hoping to be in the levels you mentioned. This was my best guess. Thanks for the info. You made me fill better about the preferred flow limits that I presumed. Have you done many trips on the Selway?
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Old 01-03-2014   #6
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We have no snow in Idaho. Worse than 2007 in the southern part of the state. Not trying to be pessimistical but it is looking hot and dusty. Hope you have water.
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We have no snow in Idaho. Worse than 2007 in the southern part of the state. Not trying to be pessimistical but it is looking hot and dusty. Hope you have water.
No kidding right! I've been hanging out in the hump and the snow pack is weak for sure! I think we may have got some last night up high but it was raining in Grangeville.

It looks like an Idaho elf season from my point of view. I wouldn't be putting any cash down on a new boat. Get the rock boat out for Idaho this summer!

Maybe a big spring rain? who knows.
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We have no snow in Idaho.
Idaho may be a little dry, but it is looking really bad here.
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I need to find a job and hobby that don't rely upon snow and water.

I thought we were getting rough in SW Utah but had just gotten word about Oregon. We haven't seen snow at Brian Head for 20 days and most nights have been just below freezing. Can't remember a December this warm in the last decade. Mostly sunny for the next 5 days. Really hoping we have a wet spring.

Hoping these radical swings aren't a long term trend.

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Old 01-04-2014   #10
 
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Thanks for the link to Oregon snow charts. Question to you folks familiar with the Owyhee runs. I have friends planning on a April 15, 2014 Owhyhee lower run. They have been shut out due to low water a couple times. Any guesses on their chances of going in 2014?
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