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Old 05-31-2011   #1
 
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What's too high to raft for Granite, Numbers and Gorge?

I've read and run those sections a couple of times with a good crew of paddlers in a 14ft. raft, including last time a couple of years ago at 2160 in numbers and 2380 in gorge. I'm taking another crew this weekend and know the water is about to go up. Just wanted to know at what levels those runs become potentially dangerous, because at the last level I did it, it was just a lot of fun. We portaged Pine Creek last time and would do that again. Thanks for any help!

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Old 05-31-2011   #2
 
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Here are the commercial cutoffs:
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AHRA has the following standing advisements regarding high flows:
  1. Pine Creek Rapid: It is recommended that Pine Creek Rapid (within Section 1B) not be run at flows over 1250 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips.
  2. The Numbers: It is recommended that the Numbers (Section 1C) not be run at flows over 2400 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Numbers trips.
  3. Royal Gorge: It is recommended that the Royal Gorge (Section 5) not be run at flows over 3200 cfs at the Parkdale gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Royal Gorge trips.
People have rafted these sections at every flow - your abilities, risk tolerance, cold water gear, presence of safety (on shore or with other boats/kayaks) and those of your crew determine what levels are appropriate.
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AHRA has the following standing advisements regarding high flows:
  1. Pine Creek Rapid: It is recommended that Pine Creek Rapid (within Section 1B) not be run at flows over 1250 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips.
  2. The Numbers: It is recommended that the Numbers (Section 1C) not be run at flows over 2400 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Numbers trips.
  3. Royal Gorge: It is recommended that the Royal Gorge (Section 5) not be run at flows over 3200 cfs at the Parkdale gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Royal Gorge trips.
The AHRA advisories are for all boaters commercial and private. They are advisories and not closures.
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AHRA has the following standing advisements regarding high flows:
  1. Pine Creek Rapid: It is recommended that Pine Creek Rapid (within Section 1B) not be run at flows over 1250 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips.
  2. The Numbers: It is recommended that the Numbers (Section 1C) not be run at flows over 2400 cfs at the Numbers/Below Granite gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Numbers trips.
  3. Royal Gorge: It is recommended that the Royal Gorge (Section 5) not be run at flows over 3200 cfs at the Parkdale gage as read at 7:00 am for full day or morning trips and at 12:00 noon for afternoon Royal Gorge trips.
The AHRA advisories are for all boaters commercial and private. They are advisories and not closures.
Do you have the same information for the Milk run, Browns canyon, and section 3?
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