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MOAB DAILY - HITTLE BOTTOM TO TAKE OUT BEACH

Colorado River - utah
20th of May
Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 14100 cfs
Average 4000 cfs
Runnable Min 1500 cfs
Runnable Max 20000 cfs
Gradient 5 FPM
Length 14 Miles
Class II+ to III
Current Weather 88° Partly Sunny and Windy

Summary

Moab Daily - Hittle Bottom to Take Out Beach is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 14100cfs, about 253% above the average runnable rate of 4000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Colorado River between a bare minimum of 1500cfs and a high of 20000cfs.

This class II+ to III journey is accessible from 5 different boat launch points along the Colorado River. Paddlers should prepare for the 5 class II+ to III whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Moab Daily - Hittle Bottom To Take Out Beach are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Colorado River Near Cisco, Ut.


This is a great beginner run for all watercraft.  At higher water flows the run gets pushier and more exciting.  Even though the river looks tame, swimmers should be aware of strong currents.  Always wear your lifejacket on this stretch of river. Weather on the river today will be partly sunny, with a high near 88. windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 39% Above Average

With a 14100cfs streamflow rate, Moab Daily - Hittle Bottom To Take Out Beach is currently above its 10148cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 39%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 4100cfs in 2012, and a high of 15300cfs seen in 2016. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 09180500



Hourly Forecast: 88° Today, Partly Sunny and Windy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. to partly sunny, with a high near 88. windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 50 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 68° - 88°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KGJT 161042 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 442 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Friday) Issued at 441 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 Significant changes to our weather pattern will start to take shape today with the introduction of pre-frontal winds in increasingly strong southwest flow. Deep mixing is anticipated by this afternoon, even with an increase in mid/high level cloud cover. Then throw in a few high based virga showers passing over the lower valleys of east-central and southeast Utah and west- central Colorado this afternoon and we have the ingredients in place to drive gusty winds down to the surface. Peak speeds should arrive in the 45 to 55 mph range by this afternoon and earlier issued wind advisories have been expanded a bit to include west- central Colorado. On the convective front, latest runs of the HRRRE and NamNest keying on a few stronger cells developing this afternoon over the higher terrain near the divide. While trends are similar, placement and timing of individual cells differs greatly. Both hinting at a little more organized activity firing on the south facing slopes of the Grand Mesa late this afternoon. Cells then drive north and cross I-70 between 6 and 8 pm, before heading north into the Flat Tops and across our northern tier zones by midnight. Will maintain at least scattered coverage of showers and thunderstorms into the evening hours, focused east of a line from Craig to Durango. Isolated coverage elsewhere and with dry boundary layer conditions, strong outflow winds will be the biggest threat with cells today. Strong surface front will sweep through late tonight and Friday, ushering in a solid 10 to 20 degree cooldown across the forecast area. Widespread showers will break out during the day as moisture fills in behind the front. Still expect breezy to windy conditions, especially across the San Juans and southern valleys, which is typical behind these Pacific waves. .LONG TERM...(Friday night through Wednesday) Issued at 441 AM MDT Thu May 16 2019 Showers and thunderstorms will persist ...



Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Onion Creek

This rapid occurs where the Onion Creek drainage enters the colorado river from the south. Run right of center.

read and run
II+ to III Feet
Professor Creek Rapid

Run right of center

II+ Feet
Rocky Rapid

This rapid is surprisingly rocky.  Run the main wave train that moves left to right.  If you want to land at Rocky Rapid boat launch you will need to pull hard left into the left water channel at the bottom of the rapid.  The river pools above this rapid so you will have plenty of time to scout your line from your boat and then position yourself accordingly.

read and run
II+ to III Feet
Castle Creek or Whites Rapid

When you see the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge property this rapid will be around the corner.  Run right of center.  At lower water levels the left side is shallow and rocky.  Kayaks could probably find a level anywhere.

read and run
II+ to III Feet
Salt Wash Rapid

II Feet

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