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I've got a trip coming up and got the surprising news yesterday that the powers that be are drawing down the lake until the end of the year - which equals 25,000 cfs expect in the ditch for our launch. How does in compair to the median winter level of 10 -14,000 cfs.
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My experience is some rapids are easier and most are bigger. Most of the roaring twenties are washed out or easier. Then there are unnamed rapids that seem to only form at those higher flows. The biggest difference I found was, obviously, the waves/holes are a lot bigger and the current a lot faster. 25000cfs is an awesome level to run the ditch at. The Gems are a blast and Lava is Big.

Have fun and good lines
 

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Where are you getting your flow information? Just curious as we need to find out the same for a spring trip, although it is probably too early.
 

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Great level! We took our 14' sb at that level and had a blast. It's fast--no slow water at that level. Most of it was real straight forward--go big or sneak. We ran Lava on the left, Crystal on the right, Horn over where the left horn would be. Have fun!
 

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All in all bigger and more forgiving too if that makes sense. Best thing for a trip at that level that time of year is you wont have to push so hard to put on miles.
 

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I would say all the rapids are easier if you are in a raft. The steepness of the waves/holes decreases with the added volume. There are definitely some surprises on the lower rated rapids, but if you are keeping it straight no worries.
 

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Good advice so far. One thing that we had to work on this year's trip was communication when pulling in to some of the eddies. Some are bigger with the higher water and some are smalelr and harder to get into at that level. We missed several camps because one of the boats didn't make it in. Does make for great fodder for jokes for the rest of the trip though. I would reiterate "go left at lava".
 

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Where are you getting your flow information? Just curious as we need to find out the same for a spring trip, although it is probably too early.
Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Lake Powell
They post monthly updates of upper basin hydrology and the planned operation at Glen Canyon.
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association has some good information as well, although also a lot of uninformed discussion on the channel morphology from the flow regimen.
 

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I didn't catch whether you're in a raft or kayak, but never mind...
We ran at these flows last June.
Like everyone says, bigger, but more forgiving, especially in a raft.
In a kayak, there are some absolutely ripping eddy lines, as in mystery moves in a big boat.
Some rapids in the roaring 20's got really punchy. Specter was big. Only place we had a rafter wash out of their boat. Bedrock was easy - tons of room to get right.
Some camps were really small because the water was so high - not a lot of beach showing, but you don't have to worry about tides (Yea!).
We did the night float down to Pearce. I recommend going to Pearce, just not at night. There's strong current with tall caving silt banks all the way down. It's hard to find a place to tie off in the night that's safe from having a 10 foot sand bank land in your boat, and you sure as hell don't want to miss the take out.
 

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There are some good Youtube videos of the left run at Lava at those flows. Pretty safe over there. Most other stuff will be big-friendly waves, or skirtable. Damn, wish I were going!
 

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Thanks for all the replies! You guys are getting me pumped for the ditch.
Alanbol- We are doing a 6 day longboat self self support trip which will put us back in the real world on Christmas eve! All my wife said was "Have at it, as long as your back for your daughters first Christmas:)"
So I keep hearing about these eddy lines that could swallow my Tornado... Any particular spots I should watch out for?
 

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Launching in 2 days for the 13 day long boat self-support! We'll let you know how 22k is. Probably a bunch of easy class 7 in a kayak...
 

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I'm not sure where you all are getting your info about 25K cfs. I was at an operations meeting last week, and the plan then was to have a steady release of 20,700 cfs. I just called the operator (I work with him, as I operate another CRSP unit - Navajo) and that is still the plan through Christmas. That is the max they can currently push through the generators.

Can't wait, launching next week!
 

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Thanks rivermanryan. I dont know exactly where the TL is getting his info, but I'm guessing its not directly from the operator:)
 

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We put in August 28 this year and had 25K for 4 days and then it dropped to 15.7 for the remainder of our trip. Take out at Pierce Ferry. I would agree with all the above posts. We ran the Grand 4 years ago at 10-13K and I think it was more difficult at that level. Have a ball!
 

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eddylines

I recall a powerful eddyline somewhere in the mid 20s, 24 or 25 or so. Watch for places with a strong eddy return flow into a narrow line of haystacks.
Also, the lower part of bedrock was amazingly turbulent with incredible up and downwelling along seams. Fun stuff!
 
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