Boulder gardens and a couple ledges make a fun run at high water. Mostly, action is pretty sparse until the river takes a big bend near Hwy.73 (where Jack Creek / Cunningham Creek meets this reach). At this point a significant ledge can provide some play. A fine dells/rapids (rocky walls) finishes the reach just below Hwy 95.
(Note: Observations and 'minimums' based on only one run at 1290cfs.)
Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 684 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software). Just downstream, a couple fair-sized tribs add in, so at the gauge (the next road crossing, 5th Street) it has increased to 749 sq.mi.).
This video represents well the action on this run:
Paddled this section on 4/2/20 @ ~3000 cfs in a tandem canoe. Fun scenic section with most of the actual ww in the middle of the reach. Both the beginning and end of the reach were mostly just moving water at this level. Note the TO has posted no trespassing on RL. We TO at hwy 95 above the last rapid.
I run an abbreviation of this reach anytime it's over 250 cfs. 250 is minimum and a couple spots can be tricky/frustrating but definitely runnable. Between 750 and 1200 seems best with lots of "textbook" features developing. 1250 is mostly washout haystacks. I have never run it above 1250 nor beyond hwy 95.
Listed minimum is for 'experienced' whitewater boaters. The reach is floatable much lower, but will generally be (again, for experienced whitewater boaters) a tame 'rock-dodge' run. (This may cause canoeists who are not experienced in whitewater, or boaters who do not have appropriate whitewater craft, to consider this reach very difficult and near scary at most water levels!)
Gauge/flow analysis based on data from 1963-10-01 to 2008-05-11
Drainage area at gauge: 749 sq.mi.
Minimum mean daily flow during stated period: 11 cfs (1988.08.04)
90% of time flow exceeds: 59 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 1,540 cfs
Maximum mean daily flow during stated period: 24,900 cfs (1979.04.25)
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness'): 26.1 (under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
Average days per year over recommended 'low' threshold: 46
Average days per year over recommended 'high' threshold: 5
Offseason ('Ice') gauge conversions:
11.5 = 9,050 cfs
10.5 = 7,230 cfs
9.5 = 5,630 cfs
8.5 = 4,220 cfs
7.5 = 3,020 cfs
6.5 = 2,030 cfs
5.5 = 1,270 cfs
Permits are not required for this reach.
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