Hey, what is going on with the Arkansas snowpack?! I checked it a couple days ago and it was something like 118%. But when I checked again today it dropped like a brick. What's going on? Are the guages screwed up or are we just in need of snow? :shock:
The significant drop is an error in reporting...from what I have heard.
It did the same thing a couple of weeks ago but then adjusted back to normal.
It's looking good for the Ark. Not as big as the Gunni, or Animas but still way better than anything we have had in the past 5 years or more. The Ark still needs some big dumps in the Leadville and Fremont Pass area(Headwaters of the Ark). That is where the lowest snowpack is for the whole drainage...around 85%. They usually get some big spring storms up there in April so I am very optimistic about a great run off.
PLUS-The Roaring Fork is looking great, so the water being pumped from Aspen through Lake Creek should prove to be a long season.
Hey old-timers! Remember '95, 7000+ in the gorge? That was the season where Dave got his grey hair! Maybe we'll get some similar amounts of snow this spring.
KentV, how many kids now? I have the second on the way, due at the end of June. Dallas, have you finished going to school yet? And Harris...what the heck are you up to? It would be cool to get together. 719-238-1333
Oh yeah- I was on Brown's in '95 the day they accidently released out of Twin Lakes on top of the peak of the runoff- at the time I heard that it was running at close to 7000 cfs, but I looked back in the records online and the USGS said peak flow was around 5500. Either an error in the data or my memory. Regardless, it was large. I remember Big Drop being a 12'-15' standing wave. Of course, my boat was 11'+ as well.
Browns and the Gorge was big in 95. I keep preaching around here about the play at those levels. Big drop changed along with sunshine and other in 95 but that wave in big drop was siiiiccckkk in my PRION rodeo hurricane. Also #7 in the stair case a green steep wave about 12 to 14 tall and the numbers play wow! It will be amazing to see what these young bucks can do with the new boats if these flows ever return.
But dont forget about 86- that year was almost a 95 if my memory is correct. Running Browns somewhere around 5-6k cfs in a 22 tube Achilies non self bailing raft. Bail, bail, bail, Have we all lost the love for the 5 gallon bucket!? Now those were the days!
This year is going to be a very good year on the Ark. But we will need a couple of BIG storms to get the snow pack up to the levels of 95 or 86. I am out in these hills more than most and this is the most snow that I have seen around here since 97 or so. Needless to say I am super fired up for a good water year on the Ark. Shit we have been watin for long enough for it to return!
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