What's it running?
It's dry! The natural flow at Haysi is 52cfs and the Corp is releasing 50cfs from Flanagan. The add-up is 102cfs.
The Fork is running 94cfs
at Bartlick. The Elkhorn City gauge is reading 196cfs
The Bartlick Gauge has returned to accuracy (thanks USACE). We've added the Elkhorn City for kicks. It has been a bit screwy in the past, but it will show you what's coming in downstream of Bartlick, like Grassy Creek. The add-up is updated hourly, so still the more accurate in real time. We've provided both for your gauge comparing pleasure. Always check the painted gauge on the big rock in the Garden Hole pool to know just what the flow is when you put on the gorge.
The rain gauges are toast. It's time to give your congressman some feedback. End the sequester!!! YMMV
October 2015 Schedule
The Lord of the Fork is our annual extreme Class V downriver race in the gorge. Race history here.
The river section between Carson Island and Elkhorn Beach will be closed from mid-August through September for demolition of the old route 80 bridge over the Fork. If running the lower, take out at Carson Island. The work will be done before the first release weekend.
Rat Hole Reminder!!!
Please DO NOT cut down trees, no matter how dead they look, in Rat Hole or any other part of the Breaks Park! If you see a dead tree that creates a safety issue, contact the park office and they will deal with it. Unauthorized cutting of trees on park property can lead to a $1,000 fine and a stay in the pokey. Now wouldn't that mess up your paddling trip?
The 30,000+ cfs event in early March 2015 scoured the riverbed and banks. Changes were subtle, more obvious as you run lower flow levels. The large rock in the race line of El Horrendo is completely gone. The seive on the left of the Climax main line has dropped. The Undertaker rock in Maze is now sitting on bedrock. The line out of Maze is more active now at all levels. The low water line at Fist is tighter going into the eddy. The high water line continues to change. Scout it if you plan on running it. As always, Triple Drop continues to deal whippings at all levels.
The ELF runs are very channeled out after the high water. Huge improvement for those days you just gotta scrape over some rocks!
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