Flows on some rivers were going wild over the weekend with warmer temperatures and rain. (This photo is a file photo of the Weiser River from 2011, but it is pretty close to the same flow as over the weekend. It was 4,000 cfs when the photo was taken in summer 2011).
With rivers coming up now, and with the lack of mid-elevation snowpack, it makes you wonder what the float season will be like. What’s surprising is that the Grande Ronde and John Day rivers in Oregon ran slightly high over the weekend. The Lower Salmon at White Bird also came up significantly. The Boise River had a little bump but is still low. The Lochsa and Selway rivers went crazy and Facebook had photos of boaters on the Lochsa.
Here are some of the flows from over the weekend. They’re some of the ones that I get alerts on from the U.S.G.S streamflows page:
John Day – 6,770 cfs.
Grand Ronde – 8,350 cfs
Weiser River near Weiser – 3,180 cfs.
Salmon at White Bird – 17,000 cfs.
Clearwater at Peck – 32,700 cfs.
Main Payette at Horseshoe Bend – 3,640 cfs.
Middle Fork Salmon at M.F. Lodge – 2.81 feet.
Lochsa at Lowell – 5.54 feet.
Selway at Lowell – 6.36 feet.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman