Check out the link posted in the beginning of this thread... dark canyon is going to stay buried for sure if they don't correct the channel at the dirty devil confluenceAt this rate, Dark Canyon, one of this biggest historical Cat rapids, will be reappearing someday, maybe soon.
Who is this "they" of whom you speak? NPS? The outfitters who run Cat?
The Dirty Devil confluence is not the problem - the ramp is and always has been well downstream of that, and slightly upstream of North Wash. And to "...correct the channel..." is making an awful lot of assumptions without further study, as the report you cite makes clear. Also good luck on getting agreement on what is "correct"...
What is clear is that the river is dynamic, and it will take work and study to construct a solution that will last more than a few years. The river has shifted from its former channel, whether it maintains new course or goes back, who knows? Meanwhile, we can determine how deep the silt is at various points at the current takeout, construct a profile, and figure out probabilities. But a ramp where you can load directly onto a trailer isn't likely for the forseeable future, and maybe well past our lifetimes. And that's not necessarily a bad thing...
The HIte ramp was extended in a big (well over $1M) project back when I was out of the country, I think late 90's or early 2000's. And how long was it useable? Not a good ROI...
As of Sunday, 3/8, what I saw looked pretty good, sensible, and practical. You're not going to put a powerboat in there without a lot of effort, a snout would be epic (although with roller tubes and some assistance, feasible) - but rafts can take out with some help from your friends and good organization. All this can change in one good rainstorm or if the reservoir level rises (not likely this year but we could still get some good big storms that would help the snowpack).
Im the guy who posted the link.Check out the link posted in the beginning of this thread... dark canyon is going to stay buried for sure if they don't correct the channel at the dirty devil confluence
I don't think the runoff cares about the penstocks.. I as well rather doubt that the folks in AZ, NM, UT, CA et al have the ability to, or the willingness to cut their consumption to the levels that would maintain the lake if the current drought continues. I read an article last year, and I can't remember where, that stated that this isn't a drought, what we experienced from the 50s to 2000 was an above normal amount of precipitation, and that the current conditions are normal I remember thinking, I sure hope not.. I can always dream, ala "Seldom Seen Smith"...Im the guy who posted the link.
The real issue is the lake prob will never drop that low as it would be well below the pen stocks.
I was kind of sort of thinking the same thing, and while I'm not an old enough timer to remember dark canyon rapid, I have to tell you big drops too and three at 40, 000 were way more than enough to get my clear and undivided attention...Dark Canyon was apparently biggish, but the old timers used to say that the Big Drops were always the biggest. And most of the lower canyon rapids were largely wave-trains.