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It's at 86 cfs?!?!!???
Posted by: pikabike on Jun-29-12 6:36 PM (EST)
"...rated class II at normal flows (1800 cfs), but it's at a meager 86 cfs right now."
I don't know the Yampa River, but I think it's safe to say that 86 cfs out of a normal flow of 1800 cfs means it'll be a waste of gas to go there. You might be able to WALK down it at that low flow. But as I said, I have not paddled the Yampa. I've walked along it in the Steamboat Springs area. Seemed to me that it was wide enough I can hardly imagine it being more than a trickle at 86 cfs.
Just for comparison with somewhere I do know, Clear Creek in Golden, which is very narrow, is good above 300 cfs, OK in the 200s, and lately has dropped into the 170s and 180s. This is low already. I have paddled there (WW kayak! Not a good place for long sea kayaks) as low as about 75 cfs, years ago. That really sucked. Horribly shallow, and most of the eddylines practically died out. You could edge totally wrongly when crossing them and barely feel any touch of instability.
Definitely don't bother putting a glass kayak in such low rivers.
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