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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 06/21/05

o The debate over the proposal to breach the Sierra's O'Shaughnessy Dam, drain the reservoir behind it and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley to its former natural splendor is apt to intensify this summer with the release of a California Department of Water Resources study on the issue. More.

o The Cosumnes River is an anomaly in the heart of California’s breadbasket—the last undammed river in the heavily irrigated Central Valley. The Cosumnes flows freely from its headwaters in the red fir forests of the Sierra Nevada to its confluence with the Mokelumne River and the marshes of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. 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, August 22, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Thanks to all of you that made our Sizzlin' Summer Sale a great success. For those of you who missed out, we still have some boats left. Check our Boat Barns daily for new listings. There will be some hot deals on new whitewater and recreational kayaks, and a wide variety of trade-in boats. We also have a few Hyside Padillac 1-man & 2-man inflatable kayaks. Our boat inventory varies daily. Please call 1-800-376-7303 if you are interested in a specific boat and don't see it on our New Boat Barn or Used Boat Barn. Thanks for a great season!

This Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 26-28, Sizzlin' hot paddlers from the U.S., Canada, and the Americas will compete in the Kern Tripletazo (Big Triple) at Miracle Hot Springs. Three slalom races will be conducted over three days -- the Pan American Whitewater Slalom Championships, America's Whitewater Slalom Open, and the USACK Whitewater Slalom Nationals. There is excellent spectator access for all of these races. The Miracle Hot Springs Slalom Course is located next to a day-use picnic area, with beautiful shade trees along the whole course. Spectators can walk along much of the course, sit along the edge of the river, and have a free front-row seat for all the outstanding whitewater action.

Kern paddlers Rebecca & Eric Giddens, along with friends Eric Southwick, Sam Drevo and Corby Leith -- with support from Dr. Lindsey Bennett (Rebecca’s sister), filmmaker Andy Stone, and writer Ann Beman -- completed a 10-day expedition paddling the "Headwaters of the Kern" last Friday. The trip marked the first time a woman has paddled the Headwaters. (See video from the trip at kernheadwaters.com.) The group gained access to the upper reaches of the Kern by hiking over one of the toughest passes in the Sierra -- 12000 ft. Shepherd Pass. Putting on the river in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, the paddlers reveled in the extraordinary Sierra scenery, challenging whitewater, changeable mountain weather, and overall wilderness experience. Coached by her husband Eric, Rebecca Giddens won a Silver Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

This Spring, the highest reported hourly stage and flow for the Kern at Kernville was 10.05 ft. and 8211 cfs on Friday, May 27 at 1:00 P.M. The highest reported average daily flow for the Kern at Kernville was 7280 cfs on Saturday, May 28. The highest reported average daily inflow to Lake Isabella was 7077 cfs on Friday, May 27. The USGS gage on the South Fork near Onyx, recorded a peak flow of 1,710 cfs on the afternoon of May 17th. The maximum storage level reached by Lake Isabella was (538,667 acre-feet (95% full) on June 17, just before midnight.

This panorama of the headwaters of the S.F. & N.F. Kern River was taken June 26th from Olancha Peak. Even on warm south-facing slopes there was significant snow on the highest peaks, and much more snow was hidden from view in cirques, gullies and north-facing slopes. This satellite overview of the Upper Kern drainage taken in early January 2005 provides a good overview of the Kern drainage.

If you have signed up for a kayaking class or rafting trip, or are considering it, check our Kayaking and Rafting float notes (PDF) to see how to get to Kernville, what you need to bring, and other important information. Need some items for your class or trip? We have all the paddlesports gear you'll need -- on and off the river -- at our Kernville store and on-line at the Sierra South River Store. Be sure to check the store's Bargain Barn for super prices on a wide range of gear.

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! Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns.

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 River 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)
19AUG2005 0900 567 150 5.37 554 1802 1402 400 395042 1468
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 06/21/05

o The debate over the proposal to breach the Sierra's O'Shaughnessy Dam, drain the reservoir behind it and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley to its former natural splendor is apt to intensify this summer with the release of a California Department of Water Resources study on the issue. More.

o The Cosumnes River is an anomaly in the heart of California’s breadbasket—the last undammed river in the heavily irrigated Central Valley. The Cosumnes flows freely from its headwaters in the red fir forests of the Sierra Nevada to its confluence with the Mokelumne River and the marshes of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. 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 Friday, August 19, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Our once-a-year, blow-out Sizzlin' Summer Sale is this weekend, August 20-21! We're busy moving boats out of the Boat Barns, marking down prices, and getting ready to help you find what you need. We'll have more than 200 new and used boats on sale, including kayaks from Liquidlogic, Dagger, Wave Sport, Jackson, Perception, Pyranha, and Wilderness Systems; and inflatable kayaks and rafts from Hyside. Nearly all in-stock boats, paddling apparel and gear, and store merchandise will be priced at 10%-70% off. Here's a sneak peak of some the boats that will available. Check the fit and find the boat that's right for you. Don't miss out -- take advantage of the extended season and our low Sale prices -- you'll be paddling in Sizzlin' style!

Kern paddlers Rebecca & Eric Giddens, along with friends Eric Southwick, Sam Drevo and Corby Leith -- with support from Dr. Lindsey Bennett (Rebecca’s sister), filmmaker Andy Stone, and writer Ann Beman -- completed a 10-day expedition paddling the "Headwaters of the Kern" last Friday. The trip marked the first time a woman has paddled the Headwaters. (See video from the trip at kernheadwaters.com.) The group gained access to the upper reaches of the Kern by hiking over one of the toughest passes in the Sierra -- 12000 ft. Shepherd Pass. Putting on the river in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, the paddlers reveled in the extraordinary Sierra scenery, challenging whitewater, changeable mountain weather, and overall wilderness experience. Coached by her husband Eric, Rebecca Giddens won a Silver Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

August 26-28, Sizzlin' hot paddlers from the U.S., Canada, and the Americas will compete in the Kern Tripletazo (Big Triple) at Miracle Hot Springs. Three slalom races will be conducted over three days -- the Pan American Whitewater Slalom Championships, America's Whitewater Slalom Open, and the USACK Whitewater Slalom Nationals. There is excellent spectator access for all of these races. The Miracle Hot Springs Slalom Course is located next to a day-use picnic area, with beautiful shade trees along the whole course. Spectators can walk along much of the course, sit along the edge of the river, and have a free front-row seat for all the outstanding whitewater action.

This Spring, the highest reported hourly stage and flow for the Kern at Kernville was 10.05 ft. and 8211 cfs on Friday, May 27 at 1:00 P.M. The highest reported average daily flow for the Kern at Kernville was 7280 cfs on Saturday, May 28. The highest reported average daily inflow to Lake Isabella was 7077 cfs on Friday, May 27. The USGS gage on the South Fork near Onyx, recorded a peak flow of 1,710 cfs on the afternoon of May 17th. The maximum storage level reached by Lake Isabella was (538,667 acre-feet (95% full) on June 17, just before midnight.

This panorama of the headwaters of the S.F. & N.F. Kern River was taken June 26th from Olancha Peak. Even on warm south-facing slopes there was significant snow on the highest peaks, and much more snow was hidden from view in cirques, gullies and north-facing slopes. This satellite overview of the Upper Kern drainage taken in early January 2005 provides a good overview of the Kern drainage.

If you have signed up for a kayaking class or rafting trip, or are considering it, check our Kayaking and Rafting float notes (PDF) to see how to get to Kernville, what you need to bring, and other important information. Need some items for your class or trip? We have all the paddlesports gear you'll need -- on and off the river -- at our Kernville store and on-line at the Sierra South River Store. Be sure to check the store's Bargain Barn for super prices on a wide range of gear.

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! Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns.

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 River 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)
19AUG2005 0900 567 150 5.37 554 1802 1402 400 395042 1468
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 06/21/05

o The debate over the proposal to breach the Sierra's O'Shaughnessy Dam, drain the reservoir behind it and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley to its former natural splendor is apt to intensify this summer with the release of a California Department of Water Resources study on the issue. More.

o The Cosumnes River is an anomaly in the heart of California’s breadbasket—the last undammed river in the heavily irrigated Central Valley. The Cosumnes flows freely from its headwaters in the red fir forests of the Sierra Nevada to its confluence with the Mokelumne River and the marshes of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. 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 Friday, August 5, 2005

Important information about River Notes.

Make your plans now -- the annual Sierra South Sizzlin' Summer Sale is the weekend of August 20-21! We'll have more than 200 new and used boats on sale, including kayaks from Liquidlogic, Dagger, Wave Sport, Jackson, Perception, Pyranha, and Wilderness Systems; and inflatable kayaks and rafts from Hyside. Nearly all in-stock boats, paddling apparel and gear, and store merchandise will be priced at 10%-70% off. Don't miss out -- take advantage of the extended season and our low Sale prices -- you'll be paddling in Sizzlin' style!

Kern paddlers Rebecca & Eric Giddens, along with friends Eric Southwick, Sam Drevo and Corby Leith -- with support from Dr. Lindsey Bennett (Rebecca’s sister), filmmaker Andy Stone, and writer Ann Beman -- completed a 10-day expedition paddling the "Headwaters of the Kern" last Friday. The trip marked the first time a woman has paddled the Headwaters. The group gained access to the upper reaches of the Kern by hiking over one of the toughest passes in the Sierra -- 12000 ft. Shepherd Pass. Putting on the river in the shadow of Mt. Whitney, the paddlers reveled in the extraordinary Sierra scenery, challenging whitewater, changeable mountain weather, and overall wilderness experience. Coached by her husband Eric, Rebecca Giddens won a Silver Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. (See video from the trip at kernheadwaters.com.)

Last Saturday Southern California Edison (SCE) did augment the flow below Fairview Dam, according to the KR3 Powerplant relicensing conditions. The flow below the dam was about 700 cfs, which is about the same as a flow of 1300 cfs, when the flow is not being supplemented. The extra water significantly improved the paddling on runs such as Fairview, Chamise, Ant Canyon and the Thunder Run. In this RiverPhoto, Jim Schrodt checks one of the drops on Sidewinder Rapid, just downstream of Fairview Dam.

August 26-28, Sizzlin' hot paddlers from the U.S., Canada, and the Americas will compete in the Kern Tripletazo (Big Triple) at Miracle Hot Springs. Three slalom races will be conducted over three days -- the Pan American Whitewater Slalom Championships, America's Whitewater Slalom Open, and the USACK Whitewater Slalom Nationals. There is excellent spectator access for all of these races. The Miracle Hot Springs Slalom Course is located next to a day-use picnic area, with beautiful shade trees along the whole course. Spectators can walk along much of the course, sit along the edge of the river, and have a free front-row seat for all the outstanding whitewater action.

This Spring, the highest reported hourly stage and flow for the Kern at Kernville was 10.05 ft. and 8211 cfs on Friday, May 27 at 1:00 P.M. The highest reported average daily flow for the Kern at Kernville was 7280 cfs on Saturday, May 28. The highest reported average daily inflow to Lake Isabella was 7077 cfs on Friday, May 27. The USGS gage on the South Fork near Onyx, recorded a peak flow of 1,710 cfs on the afternoon of May 17th. The maximum storage level reached by Lake Isabella was (538,667 acre-feet (95% full) on June 17, just before midnight.

This panorama of the headwaters of the S.F. & N.F. Kern River was taken June 26th from Olancha Peak. Even on warm south-facing slopes there was significant snow on the highest peaks, and much more snow was hidden from view in cirques, gullies and north-facing slopes. This satellite overview of the Upper Kern drainage taken in early January 2005 provides a good overview of the Kern drainage.

If you have signed up for a kayaking class or rafting trip, or are considering it, check our Kayaking and Rafting float notes (PDF) to see how to get to Kernville, what you need to bring, and other important information. Need some items for your class or trip? We have all the paddlesports gear you'll need -- on and off the river -- at our Kernville store and on-line at the Sierra South River Store. Be sure to check the store's Bargain Barn for super prices on a wide range of gear.

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! Looking for a boat? Check out the recreational. touring and whitewater kayaks (and rafts) in our Boat Barns.

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 River 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)
05AUG2005 1300 696 149 5.66 672 2825 2422 403 440309 2530
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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