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Streamlines News and Info for Paddlers
S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 03/29/05

o Short-term drought concerns have been alleviated in many areas of the Southwest especially southern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado... The unusual southward shift in the winter storm track that helped the Southwest has resulted in deficient rain and snow to the north. Moderate to severe drought developed over the winter in portions of the Pacific Northwest. Some mountain observation sites in Idaho, Montana and Washington were snowless in early March for the first time in more than 30 years. More.

o For most of its 125-mile course from Nevada's high desert to the bottom of Death Valley, the Amargosa River is as dry and empty as a ghost town. The only time the Amargosa really runs is during abnormally wet periods -- once every year or two, sometimes less -- and even then the river is unpredictable and fleeting. That is exactly what made Bert Welti want to run it. More.

o California is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse rivers in the world. From the steep creeks of the high Sierra to the broad and powerful rivers of the Central Valley, each river tells a personal story and provides a unique experience to the visitor. More.

o What rescue equip. do you carry? Shoes, of course, though I'm pretty optimistic. Most down-days I carry rope, knife, handpaddles, couple caribiners, Cliff bar, lighter, and one Petzl Ti-bloc. I've got a little Adventure Medical Kit I've enhanced with Lortabs, Flexeril, and a space blanket for steep, remote, or long days. I've got a wad of orange flagging tape I use to mark new wood on popular runs. I carry more food, gloves, balaclava, and headlamp for cold days or late starts. . .West Coast/ international creeking I've got float-bags, iodine or a water filter, and a firm knowledge of my walk-out options (or map). People often forget how much safety equipment you can store in your brain - weight free.(Clay Wright) More

Splashes: Rolling - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Foamies - Water Art

River Notes for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Great water and weather greeted all that participated in the 2005 Kern River Kayak & Raft Festival. Many thanks to the paddlers, spectators, sponsors and all the volunteers that help put on the event. And an extra special "Thank You!" to paddler Terry Valle who manages to organize the Festival year after year, while somehow meeting her clients' accounting deadlines! Results from all the events, and Photos are now available online.

More than 20 paddlers participated in an unofficial race on the "waterfall" section of Brush Creek on Saturday and everyone that paddled in the race, raved about it. Eric Giddens edged Dan "Skippy" Simene by 5 seconds, finishing the segment in 2:39. Corey Volt finished 3rd in 2:45. The hit of the Saturday night Festival dinner and party was Andy Stone's video short "Brush Creek 2005 - The Race that Never Happened!" Andy did a phenomenal job of same afternoon editing to get the footage cut, scored and ready to go. KVRC is hoping to have the Brush Creek race as an official event at the 2006 Festival. Be there!

Last year's April 1 snow course measurements revealed that the snowpack had dropped from 108% of normal on March 1 to only 60% of normal. This year cool temperatures and unsettled weather has increased the Kern snowpack from 163% of normal on March 1 to 184% of normal on April 1!

How does the 2004-05 season match up to other big years? To get an idea we took a look at April 1 snow course data for several of the biggest seasons in the last 35 years and compared the measurements to this season's. The value used for the comparison was the combined snow water content, in inches, for the Kern snow courses for April 1. Several courses were not measured in April 1998, and these values were estimated.

Retire that bleached out PFD, worn down paddle, and behemoth kayak and get into something new! Why not advertise your current boat for sale on our web site in our consignment Used Boat Barn? Call us at 800-376-7303 for more info!

Flow projections from the California Nevada River Forecast Center, based on snow conditions as of April 19, continue to indicate the likelihood of higher flows between now and the end of April. A pattern of mild Spring weather with weak systems periodically producing some mountain snow has been delaying the snowmelt and moderating the flow on the Upper Kern. This pattern is currently forecast to continue through the end of April. A new Short Term Snowmelt Forecast was issued by the CNRFC on April 20. For the period Ap rill 22-26 the average inflow into Lake Isabella is expected to be between about 2400 cfs and 3000 cfs. This afternoon at 3:00, the COE gage in Riverside Park reports the Upper Kern at 1744 cfs.

With Los Angeles experiencing its wettest rainy season in 120 years, Southern California creeks and streams have been cranking. One of the real Southern California classics is Piru Creek between Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru. In a move that is hard to understand, the Forest Service has withdrawn its recommendation that this remarkable reach of Piru Creek be considered for Wild & Scenic status. For more information on how you can help correct this mistake, see Piru Creek - Frenchmans Flat Campground to Lake Piru.

Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns. Also be sure to check all the new gear in the Sierra South River Store!

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data, based on reports from the Corps of Engineers (COE) and Southern California Edison (SCE). Click on "Current" to get the latest COE info. For SCE flow information, call the flow phone at 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE, the flow phone values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.


 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
21APR2005 1500 1708 1241 6.98 1744 672 513 159 259084 396
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '05 WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01
Weather NWS NWS Zones CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE the flow values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

 

Streamlines News and Info for Paddlers
S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 03/29/05

o Short-term drought concerns have been alleviated in many areas of the Southwest especially southern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado... The unusual southward shift in the winter storm track that helped the Southwest has resulted in deficient rain and snow to the north. Moderate to severe drought developed over the winter in portions of the Pacific Northwest. Some mountain observation sites in Idaho, Montana and Washington were snowless in early March for the first time in more than 30 years. More.

o For most of its 125-mile course from Nevada's high desert to the bottom of Death Valley, the Amargosa River is as dry and empty as a ghost town. The only time the Amargosa really runs is during abnormally wet periods -- once every year or two, sometimes less -- and even then the river is unpredictable and fleeting. That is exactly what made Bert Welti want to run it. More.

o California is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse rivers in the world. From the steep creeks of the high Sierra to the broad and powerful rivers of the Central Valley, each river tells a personal story and provides a unique experience to the visitor. More.

o What rescue equip. do you carry? Shoes, of course, though I'm pretty optimistic. Most down-days I carry rope, knife, handpaddles, couple caribiners, Cliff bar, lighter, and one Petzl Ti-bloc. I've got a little Adventure Medical Kit I've enhanced with Lortabs, Flexeril, and a space blanket for steep, remote, or long days. I've got a wad of orange flagging tape I use to mark new wood on popular runs. I carry more food, gloves, balaclava, and headlamp for cold days or late starts. . .West Coast/ international creeking I've got float-bags, iodine or a water filter, and a firm knowledge of my walk-out options (or map). People often forget how much safety equipment you can store in your brain - weight free.(Clay Wright) More

Splashes: Rolling - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Foamies - Water Art

River Notes for Monday, April 11, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Blue skies and Spring sunshine are expected for the 41st Kern River Kayak & Raft Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 15-17, at Riverside Park in Kernville. Temps are expected to be the mid-seventies at Kernville, with the flow at Kernville in the 1500-2000 cfs range. The Freestyle Rodeo, including the finals, is on Friday; the Downriver Race, Raft Races and manufacturers Freestyle Demo on Saturday; and the Western Regional and TJ Slaloms on Sunday.

On Sunday in Riverside Park there will be a silent auction with gear donated by many of these generous Festival sponsors, and also raffle drawings for a Liquid Logic kayak and a WaterWolf YoungKatt. The Festival will be the first stop on Paddler Magazine's Paddler to the People Tour. The water and weather should be the best in several years, so don't miss out!!

Last year's April 1 snow course measurements revealed that the snowpack had dropped from 108% of normal on March 1 to only 60% of normal. This year cool temperatures and unsettled weather has increased the Kern snowpack from 163% of normal on March 1 to 184% of normal on April 1!

How does the 2004-05 season match up to other big years? To get an idea we took a look at April 1 snow course data for several of the biggest seasons in the last 35 years and compared the measurements to this season's. The value used for the comparison was the combined snow water content, in inches, for the Kern snow courses for April 1. Several courses were not measured in April 1998, and these values were estimated.

Retire that bleached out PFD, worn down paddle, and behemoth kayak and get into something new! Why not advertise your current boat for sale on our web site in our consignment Used Boat Barn? Bring it to the Festival and we'll get it listed. Call us at 800-376-7303 for more info!

Flow projections from the California Nevada River Forecast Center, based on snow conditions as of April 8, continue to indicate the likelihood of higher flows between now and the Kern River Festival. A pattern of mild Spring weather with weak systems periodically producing some mountain snow has been delaying the snowmelt and moderating the flow on the Upper Kern. This pattern is currently forecast to continue through the Festival. This morning at 11:00, the COE gage in Riverside Park reports the Upper Kern at 1410 cfs.

With Los Angeles experiencing its wettest rainy season in 120 years, Southern California creeks and streams have been cranking. One of the real Southern California classics is Piru Creek between Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru. In a move that is hard to understand, the Forest Service has withdrawn its recommendation that this remarkable reach of Piru Creek be considered for Wild & Scenic status. For more information on how you can help correct this mistake, see Piru Creek - Frenchmans Flat Campground to Lake Piru.

Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns. Also be sure to check all the new gear in the Sierra South River Store!

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data, based on reports from the Corps of Engineers (COE) and Southern California Edison (SCE). Click on "Current" to get the latest COE info. For SCE flow information, call the flow phone at 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE, the flow phone values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.


 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
11APR2005 1300 1172 599 6.62 1382 499 499 0 225664 324
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '05 WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01
Weather NWS NWS Zones CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE the flow values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

 

Streamlines News and Info for Paddlers
S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 03/29/05

o Short-term drought concerns have been alleviated in many areas of the Southwest especially southern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado... The unusual southward shift in the winter storm track that helped the Southwest has resulted in deficient rain and snow to the north. Moderate to severe drought developed over the winter in portions of the Pacific Northwest. Some mountain observation sites in Idaho, Montana and Washington were snowless in early March for the first time in more than 30 years. More.

o For most of its 125-mile course from Nevada's high desert to the bottom of Death Valley, the Amargosa River is as dry and empty as a ghost town. The only time the Amargosa really runs is during abnormally wet periods -- once every year or two, sometimes less -- and even then the river is unpredictable and fleeting. That is exactly what made Bert Welti want to run it. More.

o California is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse rivers in the world. From the steep creeks of the high Sierra to the broad and powerful rivers of the Central Valley, each river tells a personal story and provides a unique experience to the visitor. More.

o What rescue equip. do you carry? Shoes, of course, though I'm pretty optimistic. Most down-days I carry rope, knife, handpaddles, couple caribiners, Cliff bar, lighter, and one Petzl Ti-bloc. I've got a little Adventure Medical Kit I've enhanced with Lortabs, Flexeril, and a space blanket for steep, remote, or long days. I've got a wad of orange flagging tape I use to mark new wood on popular runs. I carry more food, gloves, balaclava, and headlamp for cold days or late starts. . .West Coast/ international creeking I've got float-bags, iodine or a water filter, and a firm knowledge of my walk-out options (or map). People often forget how much safety equipment you can store in your brain - weight free.(Clay Wright) More

Splashes: Rolling - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Foamies - Water Art

River Notes for Thursday, April 7, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Last year's April 1 snow course measurements revealed that the snowpack had dropped from 108% of normal on March 1 to only 60% of normal. This year cool temperatures and unsettled weather has increased the Kern snowpack from 163% of normal on March 1 to 184% of normal on April 1!

How does the 2004-05 season match up to other big years? To get an idea we took a look at April 1 snow course data for several of the biggest seasons in the last 35 years and compared the measurements to this season's. The value used for the comparison was the combined snow water content, in inches, for the Kern snow courses for April 1. Several courses were not measured in April 1998, and these values were estimated.

Make your plans now!! The 41st Kern River Kayak & Raft Festival is April 15-17 with the TJ and Western Regional Slaloms, Freestyle Rodeo and Raft Races. Everything will be running! Peter Wiechers and his Pug, Space Monkey, have been practicing freestyle moves in the Park and are all set. (Peter is a teacher at Camp Owens Boys Camp in Kernville, and is also a part-time kayak instructor.)

Retire that bleached out PFD, worn down paddle, and behemoth kayak and get into something new! Why not advertise your current boat for sale on our web site in our consignment Used Boat Barn? Call us for more info (800-376-7303)!

Flow projections from the California Nevada River Forecast Center, based on snow conditions as of April 5, continue to indicate the likelihood of higher flows between now and the Kern River Festival. A pattern of mild Spring weather with weak systems periodically producing some mountain snow has been delaying the snowmelt and moderating the flow on the Upper Kern. This pattern is currently forecast to continue through the Festival. This morning at 11:00, the COE gage in Riverside Park reports the Upper Kern at 1526 cfs.

With Los Angeles experiencing its wettest rainy season in 120 years, Southern California creeks and streams have been cranking. One of the real Southern California classics is Piru Creek between Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru. In a move that is hard to understand, the Forest Service has withdrawn its recommendation that this remarkable reach of Piru Creek be considered for Wild & Scenic status. For more information on how you can help correct this mistake, see Piru Creek - Frenchmans Flat Campground to Lake Piru.

Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns. Also be sure to check all the new gear in the Sierra South River Store!

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data, based on reports from the Corps of Engineers (COE) and Southern California Edison (SCE). Click on "Current" to get the latest COE info. For SCE flow information, call the flow phone at 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE, the flow phone values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.


 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
07APR2005 1100 1372 800 6.77 1526 633 58 575 215210 352
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '05 WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01
Weather NWS NWS Zones CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. According to SCE the flow values reported for Above & Below Fairview, and Below Democrat Dam are updated every 5-10 seconds. All other flow phone data is manually updated twice a day (7am & 2pm) when an operator is on duty.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

 

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