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S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 06/29/04

o Foamies are miniature Whitewater boats with miniature paddlers... They ride the rapids much like actual boaters. They run waterfalls and perform Whitewater Rodeo tricks, too... More. If you have a high speed connection - Video.

o Anybody can have a bombproof roll.- Just like you learned how to roll in the first place, you can learn how to always roll up. You will be a much happier person on the river when you know you will always roll up. Kayaking will be safer, and more rewarding, as your skills increase quickly with a bomb proof roll. More

o Whitewater Slalom can be traced to September 11, 1932 in Switzerland, where the first races were on flatwater, though the sport soon switched to natural swift streams. However, the Second World War quickly intervened and retarded the sport’s growth until 1949. Postwar development falls naturally into three distinct periods. More: USACK Olympic Slalom Team Media Guide (PDF)

o World Cup slalom is based mainly in Europe, where it is very popular. Last year's worlds, held in Augsburg, drew about 52,000 over a long weekend and was widely televised. The top European paddlers, such as Schmidt, two-time Olympic gold medalist Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic and two-time world champion Fabien Lefevre of France, can draw upon deeply funded resources for coaching, equipment and travel expenses. More: Olympic Dream Is Waterproof

Splashes: Athens 2004 - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Reno Rodeo Video - Water Art

River Notes for Monday, July 26, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

DON'T BE LATE -- WE CHANGED THE DATE! Sierra South's 19th Annual Sizzlin' Summer Sale is this Saturday, July 31st & Sunday August 1st, 2004 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, California. As always, we’ll have boats, gear and store merchandise priced 10%-70% off. Internet and phone sales will be accepted starting 9 am Saturday!

Congratulations to the San Diego Kayak Club, winner of the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund raffle for a free kayak lesson with the 2004 & 2000 Olympian, 2002 World Champion and five time National Champion in women's whitewater slalom. As described in this San Diego Union-Tribune story, when 5-year-old Rebecca was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, "I want to be in the Olympics." If you would like to contribute to the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund, please call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more details.

Various reaches of the Kern River are affected by diversions. These diversions vary according to licensing conditions, flows, maintenance requirements, and other factors. On the Upper Kern, the runs between Fairview Dam and the KR3 can have as much as (about) 600 cfs less water than Forks, Limestone and Powerhouse Runs. The flow above and below Fairview Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356). This is first season that flows below Fairview have been supplemented accordance with the relicensing of the KR3 powerplant.

On the Lower Kern the reach immediately below the dam (referred to as the Dam , BLM, Picto or Jungle Run) can be as much as (about) 575 cfs less than "flow below Borel" or the total "Isabella outflow." In the COE Hourly Flow Report, the flow on the Dam Run is the amount listed under "Outflow" and "Kern River." The flow released to the river immediately below the dam (to the Dam Run) is equal to the total outflow from Isabella less the amount diverted through the Borel Canal. When the release from Isabella is reduced, the reduction is usually in the amount released to the river at the dam, so the Dam Run is often severely impacted. The relicensing of the Borel powerplant should eventually result in supplementary releases and improved flows on the Dam Run.

The Kern Below Democrat is subject to a diversion of up to (about) 425 cfs. This reach not only includes very difficult class V whitewater, but also a class IV run. The flow below Democrat Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356).

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.

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

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)
26JUL2004 1200 -- -- 4.81 308 869 337 532 171018 556
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended 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.

 


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 06/29/04

o Foamies are miniature Whitewater boats with miniature paddlers... They ride the rapids much like actual boaters. They run waterfalls and perform Whitewater Rodeo tricks, too... More. If you have a high speed connection - Video.

o Anybody can have a bombproof roll.- Just like you learned how to roll in the first place, you can learn how to always roll up. You will be a much happier person on the river when you know you will always roll up. Kayaking will be safer, and more rewarding, as your skills increase quickly with a bomb proof roll. More

o Whitewater Slalom can be traced to September 11, 1932 in Switzerland, where the first races were on flatwater, though the sport soon switched to natural swift streams. However, the Second World War quickly intervened and retarded the sport’s growth until 1949. Postwar development falls naturally into three distinct periods. More: USACK Olympic Slalom Team Media Guide (PDF)

o World Cup slalom is based mainly in Europe, where it is very popular. Last year's worlds, held in Augsburg, drew about 52,000 over a long weekend and was widely televised. The top European paddlers, such as Schmidt, two-time Olympic gold medalist Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic and two-time world champion Fabien Lefevre of France, can draw upon deeply funded resources for coaching, equipment and travel expenses. More: Olympic Dream Is Waterproof

Splashes: Athens 2004 - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Reno Rodeo Video - Water Art

River Notes for Monday, July 12, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

DON'T BE LATE -- WE CHANGED THE DATE! Sierra South's 19th Annual Sizzlin' Summer Sale is Saturday, July 31st & Sunday August 1st, 2004 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, California. As always, we’ll have boats, gear and store merchandise priced 10%-70% off. Internet and phone sales will be accepted starting 9 am Saturday!

Congratulations to the San Diego Kayak Club, winner of the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund raffle for a free kayak lesson with the 2004 & 2000 Olympian, 2002 World Champion and five time National Champion in women's whitewater slalom. As described in this San Diego Union-Tribune story, when 5-year-old Rebecca was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, "I want to be in the Olympics." If you would like to contribute to the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund, please call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more details.

Various reaches of the Kern River are affected by diversions. These diversions vary according to licensing conditions, flows, maintenance requirements, and other factors. On the Upper Kern, the runs between Fairview Dam and the KR3 can have as much as (about) 600 cfs less water than Forks, Limestone and Powerhouse Runs. The flow above and below Fairview Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356). This is first season that flows below Fairview have been supplemented accordance with the relicensing of the KR3 powerplant.

On the Lower Kern the reach immediately below the dam (referred to as the Dam , BLM, Picto or Jungle Run) can be as much as (about) 575 cfs less than "flow below Borel" or the total "Isabella outflow." In the COE Hourly Flow Report, the flow on the Dam Run is the amount listed under "Outflow" and "Kern River." The flow released to the river immediately below the dam (to the Dam Run) is equal to the total outflow from Isabella less the amount diverted through the Borel Canal. When the release from Isabella is reduced, the reduction is usually in the amount released to the river at the dam, so the Dam Run is often severely impacted. The relicensing of the Borel powerplant should eventually result in supplementary releases and improved flows on the Dam Run.

The Kern Below Democrat is subject to a diversion of up to (about) 425 cfs. This reach not only includes very difficult class V whitewater, but also a class IV run. The flow below Democrat Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356).

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.

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

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)
12JUL2004 1300 356 219 4.58 241 1067 516 551 191108 764
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended 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.

 


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 06/29/04

o Foamies are miniature Whitewater boats with miniature paddlers... They ride the rapids much like actual boaters. They run waterfalls and perform Whitewater Rodeo tricks, too... More. If you have a high speed connection - Video.

o Anybody can have a bombproof roll.- Just like you learned how to roll in the first place, you can learn how to always roll up. You will be a much happier person on the river when you know you will always roll up. Kayaking will be safer, and more rewarding, as your skills increase quickly with a bomb proof roll. More

o Whitewater Slalom can be traced to September 11, 1932 in Switzerland, where the first races were on flatwater, though the sport soon switched to natural swift streams. However, the Second World War quickly intervened and retarded the sport’s growth until 1949. Postwar development falls naturally into three distinct periods. More: USACK Olympic Slalom Team Media Guide (PDF)

o World Cup slalom is based mainly in Europe, where it is very popular. Last year's worlds, held in Augsburg, drew about 52,000 over a long weekend and was widely televised. The top European paddlers, such as Schmidt, two-time Olympic gold medalist Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic and two-time world champion Fabien Lefevre of France, can draw upon deeply funded resources for coaching, equipment and travel expenses. More: Olympic Dream Is Waterproof

Splashes: Athens 2004 - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Reno Rodeo Video - Water Art

River Notes for Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

Demo Eric Jackson's new Fun Series, and other hot new whitewater kayaks for free at Frandy Park on Saturday, July 10, from From 1:00 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. The Fun Series is designed to be a comfortable, lightweight, easy rolling, fun -to-paddle, river running playboat. Then on Sunday, July 11, free Recreational and Touring kayak demos on Isabella Lake at French Gulch from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sierra South staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more info.

DON'T BE LATE -- WE CHANGED THE DATE! Sierra South's 19th Annual Sizzlin' Summer Sale is Saturday, July 31st & Sunday August 1st, 2004 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, California. As always, we’ll have boats, gear and store merchandise priced 10%-70% off. Internet and phone sales will be accepted starting 9 am Saturday!

Congratulations to the San Diego Kayak Club, winner of the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund raffle for a free kayak lesson with the 2004 & 2000 Olympian, 2002 World Champion and five time National Champion in women's whitewater slalom. As described in this San Diego Union-Tribune story, when 5-year-old Rebecca was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, "I want to be in the Olympics." If you would like to contribute to the Rebecca Giddens Olympic Fund, please call the Store at 760-376-3745 for more details.

Boaters are needed to participate in a flow study on the "Dam Run" section of the Lower Kern Friday and Saturday, July 9th and 10th. Participation requires that you be able to boat both Friday and Saturday. This study is part of the Borel Powerplant relicensing process, and will help determine the water released to this section for the next 30 years (the length of time of a license agreement). Here's a photo of Gary Gunder surfing a nice wave on the Dam Run, with about 1000 cfs in the reach.

Study flows in the reach are scheduled to be 1,200 cfs on Friday and 400 cfs on Saturday. Boaters will meet at Sandy Flat (the take-out) at 8 am on both days to do the study. If you agree to participate on both days, shuttles and lunches will be provided. If you want to participate, please RSVP Doug Whittaker by email or phone (dougwhit@alaska.net (907) 346 - 3769) before Tuesday July 6th. Here is additional information about the flow study.

Various reaches of the Kern River are affected by diversions. These diversions vary according to licensing conditions, flows, maintenance requirements, and other factors. On the Upper Kern, the runs between Fairview Dam and the KR3 can have as much as (about) 600 cfs less water than Forks, Limestone and Powerhouse Runs. The flow above and below Fairview Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356). This is first season that flows below Fairview have been supplemented accordance with the relicensing of the KR3 powerplant.

On the Lower Kern the reach immediately below the dam (referred to as the Dam , BLM, Picto or Jungle Run) can be as much as (about) 575 cfs less than "flow below Borel" or the total "Isabella outflow." In the COE Hourly Flow Report, the flow on the Dam Run is the amount listed under "Outflow" and "Kern River." The flow released to the river immediately below the dam (to the Dam Run) is equal to the total outflow from Isabella less the amount diverted through the Borel Canal. When the release from Isabella is reduced, the reduction is usually in the amount released to the river at the dam, so the Dam Run is often severely impacted. The relicensing of the Borel powerplant should eventually result in supplementary releases and improved flows on the Dam Run.

The Kern Below Democrat is subject to a diversion of up to (about) 425 cfs. This reach not only includes very difficult class V whitewater, but also a class IV run. The flow below Democrat Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356).

Thinking about learning to kayak? Many find that the most effective way to learn is a multi-day progression, building skill and technique in easy steps. Our 5-day Total Kayaking Immersion course gives you plenty of time to develop and master each skill before moving on to the next exciting challenge. We offer the course in May, June and July. To sign up for the July course, call 1-800-457-2082. Spend a week on the River!

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.

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

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)
06JUL2004 1000 379 151 5.02 361 1129 576 553 200780 801
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended 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.

 


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers
Updated 06/29/04

o Foamies are miniature Whitewater boats with miniature paddlers... They ride the rapids much like actual boaters. They run waterfalls and perform Whitewater Rodeo tricks, too... More. If you have a high speed connection - Video.

o Anybody can have a bombproof roll.- Just like you learned how to roll in the first place, you can learn how to always roll up. You will be a much happier person on the river when you know you will always roll up. Kayaking will be safer, and more rewarding, as your skills increase quickly with a bomb proof roll. More

o Whitewater Slalom can be traced to September 11, 1932 in Switzerland, where the first races were on flatwater, though the sport soon switched to natural swift streams. However, the Second World War quickly intervened and retarded the sport’s growth until 1949. Postwar development falls naturally into three distinct periods. More: USACK Olympic Slalom Team Media Guide (PDF)

o World Cup slalom is based mainly in Europe, where it is very popular. Last year's worlds, held in Augsburg, drew about 52,000 over a long weekend and was widely televised. The top European paddlers, such as Schmidt, two-time Olympic gold medalist Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic and two-time world champion Fabien Lefevre of France, can draw upon deeply funded resources for coaching, equipment and travel expenses. More: Olympic Dream Is Waterproof

Splashes: Athens 2004 - AW Safety Code - River Quotes - Reno Rodeo Video - Water Art

River Notes for Thursday, July 1, 2004

Important information about River Notes.

Boaters are needed to participate in a flow study on the "Dam Run" section of the Lower Kern Friday and Saturday, July 9th and 10th. Participation requires that you be able to boat both Friday and Saturday. This study is part of the Borel Powerplant relicensing process, and will help determine the water released to this section for the next 30 years (the length of time of a license agreement). Here's a photo of Gary Gunder surfing a nice wave on the Dam Run, with about 1000 cfs in the reach.

Study flows in the reach are scheduled to be 1,200 cfs on Friday and 400 cfs on Saturday. Boaters will meet at Sandy Flat (the take-out) at 8 am on both days to do the study. If you agree to participate on both days, shuttles and lunches will be provided. If you want to participate, please RSVP Doug Whittaker by email or phone (dougwhit@alaska.net (907) 346 - 3769) before Tuesday July 6th. Here is additional information about the flow study.

DON'T BE LATE -- WE CHANGED THE DATE! Sierra South's 19th Annual Sizzlin' Summer Sale is Saturday, July 31st & Sunday August 1st, 2004 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, California. As always, we’ll have boats, gear and store merchandise priced 10%-70% off. Internet and phone sales will be accepted starting 9 am Saturday!

Jackson Kayak's Fun1, Fun2, Fun, 4Fun and Super Fun are NOW IN STOCK! Check the New Boat Barn or call 1-800-376-7303 for more info.The Fun Series is designed to be a comfortable, lightweight, easy rolling, fun -to-paddle, river running playboat. Today's RiverPhoto is of Eric Jackson completing a loop in the 2 Fun at the Kern River Festival.

Various reaches of the Kern River are affected by diversions. These diversions vary according to licensing conditions, flows, maintenance requirements, and other factors. On the Upper Kern, the runs between Fairview Dam and the KR3 can have as much as (about) 600 cfs less water than Forks, Limestone and Powerhouse Runs. The flow above and below Fairview Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356). This is first season that flows below Fairview have been supplemented accordance with the relicensing of the KR3 powerplant.

On the Lower Kern the reach immediately below the dam (referred to as the Dam , BLM, Picto or Jungle Run) can be as much as (about) 575 cfs less than "flow below Borel" or the total "Isabella outflow." In the COE Hourly Flow Report, the flow on the Dam Run is the amount listed under "Outflow" and "Kern River." The flow released to the river immediately below the dam (to the Dam Run) is equal to the total outflow from Isabella less the amount diverted through the Borel Canal. When the release from Isabella is reduced, the reduction is usually in the amount released to the river at the dam, so the Dam Run is often severely impacted. The relicensing of the Borel powerplant should eventually result in supplementary releases and improved flows on the Dam Run.

The Kern Below Democrat is subject to a diversion of up to (about) 425 cfs. This reach not only includes very difficult class V whitewater, but also a class IV run. The flow below Democrat Dam can usually be obtained from the SCE flow phone (877-537-6356).

Thinking about learning to kayak? Many find that the most effective way to learn is a multi-day progression, building skill and technique in easy steps. Our 5-day Total Kayaking Immersion course gives you plenty of time to develop and master each skill before moving on to the next exciting challenge. We offer the course in May, June and July. To sign up for the July course, call 1-800-457-2082. Spend a week on the River!

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.

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!

 

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)
01JUL2004 0900 495 145 5.17 419 1056 547 509 206533 718
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '04 WY '03 WY '02 WY '01 WY '00
Weather NWS NWS Extended 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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