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Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 09, 2016 02:19PM
Any predictions, based on previous years, as to when rafting might open? When does it usually open in high snow pack years? Any historical data out there? I am looking at taking the family at the end of June, either last or second to last week. But would like rafting to be open.
Re: Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 09, 2016 03:00PM
The river stage (depth) must read less than 6.5 feet at Sentinel Bridge and the sum of air temperature and water temperature must be more than 100°F. The last few years the flows have been comparatively low in mid June. With El Nino this year, it's anybody's guess but I'm betting you'll be rafting the last half of June.
Re: Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 09, 2016 03:49PM
We were on the water April 4 in 2015:



Those are down jackets, not PFDs. The water + air temperature was probably 70-ish degrees. It snowed two days later.

The season ended in late October:



(There was a claim of a late-season Mirror Lake float, but... Mirror Lake was frozen solid, so no floating took place there, and what floating did happen was on a body of water that isn't Mirror Lake.)
Re: Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 09, 2016 03:56PM
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basilbop
We were on the water April 4 in 2015:



Those are down jackets, not PFDs. The water + air temperature was probably 70-ish degrees. It snowed two days later.

The season ended in late October:



(There was a claim of a late-season Mirror Lake float, but... Mirror Lake was frozen solid, so no floating took place there, and what floating did happen was on a body of water that isn't Mirror Lake.)

Is this Tenaya?
Re: Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 09, 2016 04:28PM
World-Famous I-got-the-T-shirt Loch Tablae (a/k/a Table Lake), top, and Merced Lake, bottom.

This is Tenaya Lake:
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February 10, 2016 05:31PM
Re: Rafting predictions this year with high snow pack
February 10, 2016 08:18PM
The pack-cover-or-umbrella-as-sail technique is still being perfected.

And yes: frozen lake = no boating. Not sure why some people struggle with this concept :-)
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