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  Posted by: on Apr-27-13 7:38 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-27-13 9:38 PM EST --

Upper Jacks peaked at 9 feet today (for 7 day period 4/20 to 4/27).
Dropping now; already down to 7 feet.
Unless they get more rain it will continue to drop.

Mean avg is 631 CFPS.
Pumping 2,770 CFPS today.
Highest CFPS was 4,440 in 2011.

3 of us ran it the late 1990s at slightly above 4 feet, but we were in bagged out whitewater solo boats. It rained off & on all that day, and it was rising quickly when we pulled off at Hwy 17. Only took us a couple of hours to do nearly 7 miles. At that level you might take a long swim if you dump. Ever had that, "We're getting flushed" feeling???
I'd say that it would still be a sporty run at anything near 3 feet, or above 1,000 CFPS.
Other times I've run it were below 2 feet and pretty boney.

Not too many years ago we met a guy at the Hwy 17 put in who ran it at a lower level than 2 feet, and it ate his boat & gear. He had to walk out to Hwy 17. Don't know how good a paddler he was; obviously not good enough.

There are some narrow spots on blind curves where new strainers could be waiting. Ground is pretty saturated; more rain anywhere in that area could raise it up again pretty quick. If rain is in forecast; do not park anywhere close to the river.


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