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Old 06-11-2019   #1
 
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Main Salmon - Flow projections - Crystal Ball

We have a June 23 launch on the Main Salmon and I am trying to get an idea of where the flows will be on our launch. This is our first Main Trip.

Here is the information I am using to guess the flow on our launch.

Idaho Snow Water Equivalent (SWE)- Today - Salmon Basin is 103% of median
https://wcc.sc.egov.usda.gov/reports...ateReport.html

Corn Creek Hydrograph - https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...rdb5365708.pdf

Using this information and comparing SWE to previous years, it seems like we should be right around 4' or just above on our launch date. (Comparing to 2012 and 2014 water years)

Weather forecasts looks like mid seventies in Stanley and eighties in Salmon and fairly dry.

Knowing all this, does this seem like I am on the right track for trip planning, or am I way off.

At this flow, should we plan for a layover?

Also planning to spend an extra day on the river and go past Carey creek to spring bar. Previous posts indicate this is a good idea. Are there good camping options between Carey Creek and Spring Bar?

Thanks in advance for any information.

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I just got off The Main yesterday morning.
Was 4.4 when I started (at Corn Creek) and I did it in 3 pretty easy days. I'd expect it to be dropping fairly consistently now. Slower trips are always nicer.

I ended up doing a layover below Carey, as there aren't great camps the last few miles above, and I didn't want lots of miles my last day. There are numerous beaches on both sides of the river. Most of the 'road side' beaches were full of car campers for the weekend. Lots of Jetboat traffic on the weekends, and an increase in car traffic.
Overall not a major detractor.

Have a great trip!

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We launch on 6/28, and launched on 6/28 last year with 3.8 on the ramp.
Similar to last year, we had decent snowpack, but it's largely on its way out.


I'd agree with low 4.x for your 6/23.
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I’d love to hear updates from people’s trips. I’m headed down for the first time on July 8th! Or if anyone has any great wisdom to share on the main- please feel free to message me.
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Iíd love to hear updates from peopleís trips. Iím headed down for the first time on July 8th! Or if anyone has any great wisdom to share on the main- please feel free to message me.
Take sunscreen, slow down and just enjoy. The Main is super fun, amazing water and camping.
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