Stanislaus, Middle Fork - 4. Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse


Stanislaus, Middle Fork, California, US

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4. Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse

Usual Difficulty IV-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles
Avg. Gradient 113 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MF STANISLAUS R BL SANDBAR DIV DAM
cdec-S12 700 - 1500 cfs IV-V+ 04h48m 1656 cfs (too high)


River Description

Boatable flows only occur in this reach during spring high flows when the capacity of the diversion is exceeded.  

Put in elevation is about 2680 feet.
Elevation at Mt. Knight trail is about 1,800 feet.
Take out elevation is about 1090 feet.
Total drop is about 1590 feet for an average gradient over 14 miles of 113 feet per mile.

Holbeck and Stanley divide the reach into two distinct sections.   From Sand Bar Dam to a trail below Mt Knight is 6 miles and described as "arduous".    From the Mt. Knight trail to the Camp 9 powerhouse is 8 miles and class -5 at flows below 2000 cfs. 

Other Information Sources: 
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-11-13 18:24:59

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