The authorities start getting paranoid around 600-700 ,as soon as some tuber has to be saved they threaten to shut er' down making some exceptions for kayakers.They watched us gear up and then told us we couldn't go at 800-900 ,then they found a dude that was feared drowned and let us go. The whole effect was to get you all scared then when we ran it was easy,that was the park and town .The canyon would have to be way pushy at 1700.
We ran it at 1000 in 2003. There was lots of carnage at 600 - 800. No one else on the creek the morning we got on it at 1000. The play park went from easy III to -IV/(IV) (the old widowmaker had a boil line out 30 ft and the hole was sticky as shit). I walked the Widowmaker. I bet any higher than 100 the top is a flush. It was scary with the brush on the bank but fun as shit.
Okay, I'm going to be a dick, that's a retarded question.
Two things get people's panties wet for no reason: ice on gauges telling you that Byers canyon has 2,000 cfs in January and sticks in gauges that tell you Boulder creek is running 1,500 in mid-April. Anytime its the off season, or just too good to be true, click on the gauge and see if the flow looks at all natural. If the rise isn't a smooth curve, then it's a equipment error.
The only time this rule does not apply is dam/tunnel releases, and even then it's within reason and they'll step up the flow in increments so as not to blast all the gravel beds to Kansas.
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