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There's no forum for the Saint Francis or Big Creek so I thought I'd post this here: What is an adequate floating level for Big Creek? I want to do a short float from Highway N to the park. Today the gage is rising, 1.74 feet and 108 cfs.

Is this enough water? Also, is Highway N to the Park a good option? I have my own boat.

Thanks.....

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Dunno, been thinking of floating that creek for a couple years but I've never made it. Bought all I know is that they put a new gauge in on Big Creek. It used to be over at the Bridge @ Des Arc but now its downstream at Sam Baker. There are a few shut ins on Big Creek, and its popular with some of the Whitewater folks. I know some folks who have floated it, and they say its not too bad, but there are a few nasty spots....Might ask around over on the Missouri Whitewater. Org forum before you head down there. Cheers.

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Yeah, the old gage at Des Arcs needed 2.0 feet or better to make it floatable, according to the SP concessionaire (forget his name). The year I was there it was low so I waded. Hoping for a float this year. I'll check the Mo Whitewater site, hadn't been there.

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Anything over about 100 cfs ain't bad for Big Creek. At that flow you'll be able to float all riffles except for possibly the shut-ins. The main shut-ins rapid is a long, wide, rock garden that takes a LOT of maneuvering at 100 cfs, but at that level it's not dangerous, just difficult.

It's a beautiful creek, normally very clear, most of it gravel bottom. Been a while since I floated it...it's about time to do it again.

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Al, question on the Jack's Fork...Headed down there tomorrow morning...you think 63cfs is enough to float from Buck down to Bay (Put in mid-day Wednesday & take out Friday)? Or should go downstream, decrease the distance, or both?

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Gavin, I floated the JF in March from Prongs to Bay Creek and the river was at app. 140 cfs (Mt. View gage). Just a bit of dragging between Prong's and Buck, from Buck down was fine.

I would think 63 cfs is gonna be a problem however. I believe Al in an earlier post said 100 cfs was about the line between good floating and lots of dragging. You might look in the JF forum.

You do get a little extra water from Blue Spring, so maybe putting in there would be the ticket.

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