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Think On This

Posted by tharbour2001 
Think On This
October 03, 2018 12:04AM
October/November 2018 Schedule
10/6-7 800cfs
10/13-14 800cfs
10/20-21 800cfs
10/27-28 1000cfs Lord of the Fork Race
11/2-3 350cfs
11/9-10 400cfs
11/16-17 900cfs

The USACE are adding 3 test release weekends in November as part of the study to extend the fall release season and add low water summer releases.
Re: Think On This
October 07, 2018 09:19PM
Ok, so they updated the information on the USACE page, so here is the new schedule and flows. Russell Fork Info still shows the old schedule, but I think Stevie is on vacation. this week.

Russell Fork River
Dates Times Flow
Oct 6-7 9:30-3:30 800
Oct 13-14 9:30-3:30 800
Oct 20-21 9:30-3:30 800
Oct 27-28 9:30-3:30 1000
Nov 3-4* 9:30-3:30 900
Nov 9-10* 9:30-3:30 350
Nov 11-12* 9:30-3:30 400

*Additional whitewater release weekends to allow an assessment of impacts as part of a study to optimize winter drawdown.

Target flows are 1100 cfs (800 cfs plus Russell Fork flows) not to exceed 1300 cfs at the Bartlick gage.
Re: Think On This
October 08, 2018 12:39PM
Thanks for posting this brother! Its my belief that this schedule will stick. Ignore rumors about other dates and levels unless you see it on the CORPS site. The worse case scenario is that nobody shows up on these weekends. NOV 3-4 dates are being studied for consideration of 900 use on other dates(!!!), the next weekend dates are more to monitor changes in fishing by the smaller releases. I personally plan on fishing that weekend and reporting the results in a survey to the USACE. I know the 830+ that we saw opens up some rafting lines that aren't in any of the sections otherwise but makes the upper less janky especially.

We need as many people as possible to be there BOTH of this historic release events to prove we are force and will use the resources that the CORPS seems willing to consider giving. If you aren't racing or running safety in the Green Race you don't have an excuse to miss this precedence setting event for future extended releases in the Russell Fork! We started the precedence by getting the flows in spring for the swr and kayak clinics many years ago and this is just as an important step as those were then. I am going to offer very special rates for commercial rafting and ducky rentals during the two November weekends with free wet suit rentals.

If you see a USACE or Breaks Park Ranger doing surveys go to them, Dont wait on them to come to you to fill one out. The USACE one is going to have less boaters simply because few people put in at the dam because its not near the gorge and there are shorter shuttle routes to Bartlick and Haysi. It is vital that folks who use the other access areas have access to those entities internal surveys. Your cars are also being counted right now at Garden hole and Ratfliff hole so back up and forth a few times on the cables if you have time and gas, haha.

Be on the lookout for meeting notices coming up in the winter and spring. Attending and commenting on those meetings is vital in our work to secure future schedules during feasibility studies.
Re: Think On This
October 15, 2018 11:44PM
This past weekend Saturday the 13th was 1050 cfs dropped down to 850 cfs according to one boater's view of the rock at Garden hole on their first and second laps. I personally saw 1200 cfs on the rock Sunday the 14th which was a fantastic level for the gorge. Great water so far this release season. Hope to see more folks over the next two weekends of October and the extras in November.

Todd H.
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