Our permit is for April 11(?), hoping the water holds. Typically it is pretty thin by then. If we get our regular storms, late Feb. - early March, we could have a great year! I am optimistic, which iis not the norm for this river.
We floated it in 94 when it went from 3k to 25k+. We arrived the night before. It rained all night. The next morning the water had risen and was rising fast. We sent our shuttle to the takeout while the rest of us readied the raft and kayaks. While we were talking to the ranger he pointed over our shoulders and asked "is that yours". He was pointing to 2 kayaks, a cooler, and a kitchen box. They were all circulating in a huge eddy on river right just below the put in. The water was coming up so fast that it took our gear while we were talking to the ranger. We had left the gear high and dry, completely out of the water. It was less than 10 minutes and our gear was in the drink. I jumped in another kayak and got out to the raft. I was able to get everything back with one exception. Our cooler had been full of beer and was not strapped shut. The cooler tipped over and spilled all of our beer out. Some was retrieved as it circulated in the eddy.
When the shuttle came back most of the group was over the rain and over the high water. A few of us put on anyway and had a great day. I was a newer kayaker then but I remember some HUGE holes. All of them had easy lines around them, but if you went into one you were going to get thumped.