The upper and lower recommended flows of 1000-8000 (cfs) listed as the range for this section are misleading, and maybe even dangerously so. In fact, my preference is for flows under 1,000 cfs.
Here are a few of the levels we have run this section:
(gage at put-in, cfs at Spaulding): (2.4, 325), (2.9, 350); (3.1, 370); (3.15, 500), (3.3, 470), (3.3, 640), (3.55, 750); (3.7, 800); (3.725, 944); (3.8, 700); (3.8, 1200); (4.0, 1750).
Some may prefer higher levels than these, but even the lower levels in this range are delightful, though tight and ledgy in (many) spots. When it gets below about 2.8 expect a lot of bumper boating at the beginning and the end and where the riverbed is wide.
There is a stick gage at the put-in at Little Boulder Campground upstream of the bridge. 3.0' is a minimum boatable flow. Above 5', the canyon gets very pushy and the individual rapids approach class 5.
There is also an online USGS real-time gage, but the gage is 30 miles downstream from the Canyon put-in, and it's tough to correlate boatable flows for this run based on online gage readings. That said, if the online gage reads anything over ~1,000 cfs, the Canyon is probably running.
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Logs in Coleman
lead-in to upper Coleman
Coleman Falls, upper drop
Coleman Falls, lower
Lower Potlatch Canyon splat wall
Left line at the bottom of Coleman Falls
Zack lines up for a slot
One Foot Thick Ice!
Looking upstream at the lead in to Coleman Falls
Scouting Coleman Falls
Ellis below a nice drop
Typical Potlatch Rapid
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