This run can receive dam release flows in the 300 cfs range in the summer, which makes for continuous and scenic whitewater, as an intrepid local packraft explorer, Scott England reported on July 18, 2015.
There is a dirt road right below the dam that could be a possible putin, although access is unclear, please be respectful.
Devin Peterson paddled this run with a group in 2018, around 350 cfs (and 275 cfs, also a good level) and reported:
The best drops are just below the lake. You can scout them using a dirt turnoff. https://goo.gl/maps/TBkSNTqsec82
10/2/2018, the log situation is improved, still worth a scout as always.
Here is a video of the run: https://youtu.be/QkXNu7bxu1c
Summer 2018 report:
There was a scary riverwide log just below the put in. First time the river braids you can take the right channel with less water, to avoid it. There was another mandatory portage a few miles down with easy takeout on the right. Once you get to the diversion you can hop on the canal going off the right to get back to the road. If you don't you'll end up in endless log jams and braiding. https://goo.gl/maps/bQAvXncpLDp
The run is just over 2 hours drive from Salt Lake.
This section seems to be about 2.3 miles.
There is a great wilderness stretch above the reservoire for packrafting. In 2017, I hiked up to the confluence of Oweep Creek to paddle a few miles through a box canyon. At 600 cfs, this was class III to IV whitewater features, but had several wood portages. At the base of the box and right above the reservoir, the river braids with lots of wood. I recommend taking out above here. Above the Oweep tributary, both main branches are in long box canyons and are steep with frequent wood across the streams.
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