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Howdy everyone, wondering if anyone has had eyes on the north wash take out in the last month or so. We are planning on launching 2 snout boats from there for a lake Powell trip to shakedown our snouts (northwash to page). Im aware that it is steep, but was curious if there was a giant mud flat between the channel and the ramp...

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The ramp varies with the weather, use and flow. Last time I was there, two years ago so sorry not current, we had to winch our boats up on roller tubes or carry, with trucks/trailers kept up top. But reason I’m posting is I’ve read recently of changes downstream of North Wash which make route finding difficult with a story of one group getting stuck. If I can find any details will post, but maybe search ?
 

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Forgot to address rest of your question. At our flow, maybe 12k and lake level maybe 3610?, there wasn’t much of a gap b/w the bottom of the gravel ramp and the water, although the rest of the ramp was an eroded mess. But don’t step off to the upstream side! Bottomless mud, at least then. Also the times I’ve been there the river chanel moves closer and away from the ramp.
 

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Whoever is responsible for this amazing document deserves countless free ice cold beers... this is probably one of the coolest things I've come across!! Thank you for the link!!
 

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My rule of thumb is 3600 ft lake elevation and northwash is decent for my snout. If not I run to bullfrog or halls.
Might ask canyonlands or [email protected] eddyline welding.
Speaking of your snout... it was your amazing videos that sealed the deal for me on pursuing a snout. Have a ton of work to complete so I can be ready for high water cat 2022
 

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Lake elevation 3570, looking pretty dismal... Supposedly even Bullfrog Main launch is not operational although I haven't called to see. Halls Crossing viable, it's just out of the way unless coming from south or east...

4100 cfs inflow markedly less than current release (Glen Canyon Damn), which means continued drop in lake elevation. Snowpack in both drainages is WAY below "normal." My gut - first ran Cat in '76 - tells me what runoff we'll get will be early and not much...
 

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Lake elevation 3570, looking pretty dismal... Supposedly even Bullfrog Main launch is not operational although I haven't called to see. Halls Crossing viable, it's just out of the way unless coming from south or east...

4100 cfs inflow markedly less than current release (Glen Canyon Damn), which means continued drop in lake elevation. Snowpack in both drainages is WAY below "normal." My gut - first ran Cat in '76 - tells me what runoff we'll get will be early and not much...
Howdy everyone, wondering if anyone has had eyes on the north wash take out in the last month or so. We are planning on launching 2 snout boats from there for a lake Powell trip to shakedown our snouts (northwash to page). Im aware that it is steep, but was curious if there was a giant mud flat between the channel and the ramp...

Thanks for the input

Jan 27th

The angle doesn't do it justice. Those ledges are 2-3 ft tall.

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Water level was 7 feet higher when your photos were taken... If there's been no work on the ramp, it's only worse - and the only way to find out about ramp work is to contact Hite GCNRA ranger, or maybe Hite store (if it's open).
 

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Water level was 7 feet higher when your photos were taken... If there's been no work on the ramp, it's only worse - and the only way to find out about ramp work is to contact Hite GCNRA ranger, or maybe Hite store (if it's open).
Canyonlands reservation office is probably a better bet. I don't think there is even anyone at Hite to answer the phones.
 

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I have a grand trip this year May-June and will most likely miss high water cat this year on the snout... definitely plan on running cat in mid July with an oar rig since we all got skunked on everything else
Seems that new snout should be running the Grand this May-June.
 

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Seems that new snout should be running the Grand this May-June.
I am taking the 18' dib down the canyon this may-june... if they didn't cut the trip short when you bring a motor I could see myself making a case to the permit holder but i would be a busy man trying to get it ready in time....
 

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I had a look at North Wash yesterday (Sunday, March 7). Photos tomorrow - just got home - but a new ramp is being constructed about 15 yards upstream of the old one (which is unusable). Right now the new ramp is within 25 feet of the river and would be feasible for rafts and a tarp to tarp drag up to a trailer. Snouts, not so much... (maybe with roller tubes AND one heck of a winch.
If you used North Wash in last 3-4 years you may know the location of the new ramp as the furthest upstream point you could take out. It is now marked with one white metal fence post buried in the silt together with a green one. There is also a nice point bar just above that seems to be pretty much eliminating the gooey yuck. All in all, I was encouraged, especially since equipment is on site and work appears ongoing...
 
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