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Looking for a fun and leisurely trip this weekend! Slickrock to Bedrock, 50 miles. Any ideas on side hikes or others planning to do that stretch this weekend?
 

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Yes, The flow was near 3000cfs Slickrock to Bedrock. Some campsites identified in the draft River Map publication flooded and inaccessable due to overgrown willows and tamarisk. If you are doing that stretch I could give you some suggestions for campsites. All rapids were easy to run.
 

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High water campsites

Thank you, we are launching Thursday with 6 people. Can you tell us which campsites were unusable? Which were usable?

Thanks!!! Alan
 

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"easy to run"?

Hi again,

Can you elaborate? "Easy" because they were 3s and not 4s? 2s not 3s? Washed out wave trains? Any strainers?

Thanks! Alan
 

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Yes, The flow was near 3000cfs Slickrock to Bedrock. Some campsites identified in the draft River Map publication flooded and inaccessable due to overgrown willows and tamarisk. If you are doing that stretch I could give you some suggestions for campsites. All rapids were easy to run.
That would awsome if you could share. Thanks!
 

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Latest release info as of today.

McPhee Release Update for Monday June 17, 2019 :: Dolores Water Conservancy District

Looks like they will be ramping down to 1200 cfs. Bugs were not a problem, some gnats, mosquitoes were not bad either, however with the flows being reduced the flooded areas may produce more bugs. Poison Ivy was prevalent in some areas, take caution. Look for ledges/rocks to stop on and flat spots above. Difficult to stop in swift moving water when we saw a camping spot, should not be a problem in lower flows

Rapids were pretty much washed out at 3400 cfs with fun waves.

Campsites

Mile 64 RR looked like a nice point bar to camp on. Large area

Mile 68 large overhang on RR produces shade on 3 camps on RL pull in amongst willows and box elders. Did not stop already taken. 3 pull in spots

Mile 72-73 Right after Archaeological site RL one right after the river turns left and another about 100-200 yards down stream on left.

Mile 79 ledge looked decent small

Mile 84 3 or 4 sites on RL with over hangs the the 1st and last looked best (stickers); 1 or 2 large sites on RR pull in before you make the turn.

Mile 88 1/2 RL before river turns right steep climb up 8-10 ft (well used) 3 spots to pull boats up large camp no shade on bench but has trees back up in the wash. Can hike up the wash a good ways. Nice views! Bring shade.

Plenty of other accessible camps between mile 89 - 93. not much after La Sal rapid unless you get creative.

Enjoy!
 

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Latest release info as of today.

McPhee Release Update for Monday June 17, 2019 :: Dolores Water Conservancy District

Looks like they will be ramping down to 1200 cfs. Bugs were not a problem, some gnats, mosquitoes were not bad either, however with the flows being reduced the flooded areas may produce more bugs. Poison Ivy was prevalent in some areas, take caution. Look for ledges/rocks to stop on and flat spots above. Difficult to stop in swift moving water when we saw a camping spot, should not be a problem in lower flows

Rapids were pretty much washed out at 3400 cfs with fun waves.

Campsites

Mile 64 RR looked like a nice point bar to camp on. Large area

Mile 68 large overhang on RR produces shade on 3 camps on RL pull in amongst willows and box elders. Did not stop already taken. 3 pull in spots

Mile 72-73 Right after Archaeological site RL one right after the river turns left and another about 100-200 yards down stream on left.

Mile 79 ledge looked decent small

Mile 84 3 or 4 sites on RL with over hangs the the 1st and last looked best (stickers); 1 or 2 large sites on RR pull in before you make the turn.

Mile 88 1/2 RL before river turns right steep climb up 8-10 ft (well used) 3 spots to pull boats up large camp no shade on bench but has trees back up in the wash. Can hike up the wash a good ways. Nice views! Bring shade.

Plenty of other accessible camps between mile 89 - 93. not much after La Sal rapid unless you get creative.

Enjoy!
I was down there last weekend and used the camp at Mile 64 on RR and it is good but has little shade. If you miss this there is also another camp around the bend on RL up on the bank that looked OK also.

I also used the camp at Mile 79 on RR on the little ledge and it is great for a small group but the pull in only has enough room for 2 or maybe 3 boats at most and comes up quickly at the high flows but should be a bit easier at the lower flow.

Have fun!
 

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That was freaking intense at 3000. With only a few campsites anyone could get to it was UGLY. Wayyyyy too much water and speed. Once it went down it was a lot more fun. Such BS. Just give us 1200 for a longer time.
 
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