Let’s zero in on rivers. All of the state’s rafting and kayaking rivers have above–average stream flow forecasts.
What does that mean? Plenty of water for the entire whitewater boating season.
And get this: Snow is still accumulating at many of the measuring sites in the mountains.
Deadwood Summit north of Lowman still has about 10 feet of snow. That snow is going to feed the Payette River system.
Banner Summit, which feeds the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, still has 7 feet of snow.
It’s fun looking forward to boating season and not having to say the “D” word (Shhh! Drought).
Just take a look at the following stream flow forecasts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service:
– Selway and Lochsa rivers — 120 percent of average.
– Salmon River — from 111 to 114 percent, depending on the section.
– Middle Fork of the Salmon — 117 percent.
– South Fork of the Payette — 105 percent.
– North Fork of the Payette River — 110 percent.
– Main Payette River — 109 percent.
– Boise River —105 percent.
– Owyhee River — 163 percent.
– Bruneau River — 139 percent.
Even though there’s plenty of snowpack, how it comes off the mountain will affect the whitewater season.
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