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Alex Chang

Upper Jacks water level recommendation

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Hi Everyone. I've been seeing a lot of answers about when the upper Jacks (at Buck Hollow) is too low to float. How about when is it too high to float? CFS vs. height? I'm considering a float on the Upper Jacks in two weeks. There seems to be plenty of water up there now, but when is it too high to safely float and productively fish? Thanks in advance for your input.

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The Park Service closes the rivers when they reach what they consider an unsafe level.  But once the upper Jacks Fork gets above 300 cfs, strainers and willow jungles become iffy.  If you are an experienced paddler on fast water, you PROBABLY wouldn't have problems at that flow, but if you make a mistake it can be very dangerous.

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There is a culvert pipe to paddle through right below Prongs. Would drag over that if it looks dicey. Submerged rocks are the biggest hazard on the JF. It gets floated allot in the spring so most of the strainers get sawed out by the canoe rentals.

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