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Old 07-10-2013   #1
 
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LOW WATER LAUNCH ON THE MAIN SALMON

I've got a July 22nd launch from Corn Creek on the Main and the water is low and getting lower. What observations, concerns, critiques do you Buzzards have on the Main at low water?

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Old 07-10-2013   #2
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Do a search on the forum, there are quite a few Main low water discussions and I have two videos on the low water Main on youtube now.

It's doable, go and do it!
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Thanks kazak. Thanks for the videos as well!
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The Main Salmon is never too low. I'be done it down to minus 2.5 feet, and it was fine. Bring shade, and have a great trip.
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I'm curious what other Buzzards with much more experience on the Main think...

On a trip last year in early August, most of my group felt that the "low water" descriptions in the Whitis & Vinson RiverMap guide didn't apply yet. Granted, the rapids were much more mellow than my only other trip (4th of July in 2010) but there was still plenty of water early last August to run right in Big Mallard, for instance (the low water run is described as left only, if I recall correctly). I only mention it because I recall being a little confused after scouting or running certain rapids based on the "low water" route, when we didn't need to.

Given that everyone's definition of "low water" may be different and different rapids will change at different times as the water drops, and everyone's comfort and skills are different, but when do most people feel the Main truly becomes "low"?
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For me low water doesn't start until it's well below 0 feet at Corn Creek. I use the Whittis guide for the map, but much prefer the Eric Newell guide for rapid descriptions. The line on Big Mallard is always left unless it's high water. This is my first summer in 10 years to miss a MS trip due to a busted leg.
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main salmon at low water

we do this trip in late September every other year or so. we take all sorts of crafts loaded down with all sorts of gear and beer and I dare say we've never gotten stuck!
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It appears the guide by Newell is the one to have
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Anyone able to tell me if there is a conversion from the whitebird gauge to the foot gauge at Corn Creek, i.e. what does 8000 cfs convert to in terms of feet at Corn Creek?

Thanks for any info.
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Anyone able to tell me if there is a conversion from the whitebird gauge to the foot gauge at Corn Creek, i.e. what does 8000 cfs convert to in terms of feet at Corn Creek?

Thanks for any info.

This should help you:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...ev3_029251.pdf

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