fiddleyak's Submission - Entered on 3/31/2017 7:10:00 PM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 4/24/2017 8:06:00 AM)
NISQUALLY RIVER AT LA GRANDE
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Minimum Recomended Level: 500 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 1000 cfs
I've run the La Grande Canyon at 1100 and 500. Hiked out at 1300 on my first run at X Falls, in retrospect it was doable but I don't regret the decision because downstream there is a crux portage at a landslide. May be difficult at 1300, and it could change anytime. The possibility of an unrunnable/unportageable
1100 is V-V+, 500 is IV-V and still enough water. If there was a release I would advocate for flows of both 1000 and 600 to accommodate different skill levels.
Putin is challenging. You don't have to cross any No Trespassing signs but it requires some bushwhacking. Takeout is a mile+ hike on a legal road just downstream of the powerhouse on river right.
I argued that this run should be in the guidebook. If more people ran it possibly we could argue for releases? Decent whitewater and great scenery make this run worth it.
Typically the releases are at 1300 then they occasionally step down the flows over a few days (like right now) so there are rare days where it flows below 1000. USGS text alerts make it easy to monitor flows.