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S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers

o Firewise was created for people who live or vacation in fire prone areas of North America. ...You will find online wildfire protection information designed to help you avoid unnecessary fire loss. You will also find a list of offline wildfire protection information as well as links to off-site fire resources. More: FireWise.

o Wildland fires are an important ecosystem process throughout the western United States... ...To restore more normal fire dynamics to a particular region, managers need to know how fire has historically affected the local system, and how it functions today. More: Fire Ecology Research.

o Thinning Project Shows Potential Management Value; Impacts Reduced From McNally Fire. Objectives of this thinning project were to thin overcrowded trees with a diameter of 20” or less to preserve wildlife habitat and to open the forest canopy to reduce the potential for a crown fire. More: Sequoia National Forest.

o Who owns the rivers? -- What are your rights, on which rivers? Key points of river law. From: The National Rivers Website.

Splashes: Smoke Plume from McNally Fire - The Ecolgy of Fire - Fire Effects Information - El Nino Returns

River Notes for Sunday, July 28, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

According to the press release from the USFS Sequoia National Forest, Cannell Meadow Ranger District Office in Porterville, released this morning at 9:00, the McNally Fire remains 30% contained and has burned 66,000 acres. A total of 2,278 personnel including 14 helicopters, 9 air tankers, 19 dozers, 23 water tenders, 125 fire engines, 54 handcrews, and 560 support personnel are fighting the fire. Estimated cost to date is $9.1 million.

The fire started near Roads End Resort, which was destroyed by the fire, and then advanced to the north, west and east. This map from the SNF Fire Information web site shows the extent of the fire as of July 28, at 1:00 am. River reaches in the burn area include Fairview, Limestone, Brush Creek, Dry Meadow Creek and the Forks from near the Short Forks put-in, downstream. This USFS photo from July 22, shows the fire burning near Limestone.

Sequoia National Monument is located within the western flank of the fire, and at one time the fire advanced to within a mile of the Packsaddle Giant Sequoia grove This Area Fire History Map shows the locations of the Giant Sequoia groves relative to the fire as of July 26.

A public Forest Service meeting concerning the fire will be held at Riverside Park in Kernville at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The McNally Fire started the same afternoon as the Deer Fire, which burned 1800 acres in the Bodfish area and involved 40 structures, 10 of which were homes.

This Tuesday, July 30, at 2 PM, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will be hearing a resolution to oppose wilderness designation for pristine lands adjacent to the existing Bright Star Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River designation for the Lower Kern River. For more information see: Please attend County meeting to speak out and protect wild places in Kern Co.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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)
28JUL2002 1600 n/a n/a 4.51 217 659 148 511 135986 n/a
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

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

o In response to last year's power crisis in California, the Kings River Conservation District(KRCD) has revived plans from the 1980's which would build hydroelectric dams on the Upper Kings River above Pine Flat Lake at Rodgers Crossing, and Dinkey Creek. More: http://www.savethekings.org/ - FOR - SacBee

o Europe's second-largest wilderness, a high plateau of lakes and virgin rivers, jagged canyons and snowy former volcanoes linked by swards of treeless tundra inhabited by thousands of reindeer and geese threatened by $3 billion Karahnjukar Hydropower Project. More: New Yrok Time. (Requires free log-in.)

o Running difficult whitewater is based on personal decisions, and I hope it never becomes one regulated by “mother hens”. With personal decisions come personal responsibility to have the skills and experience necessary to make those decisions. When we make a decision to paddle something we are not only exposing ourselves to risks, but also those who will try to rescue us.. More: American Whitewater

o The two major advantages of fishing from a kayak are access to small or skinny water, and the ability to sneak up on a fish. More: Stealth Kayak Fishing.

o Who owns the rivers? -- What are your rights, on which rivers? Key points of river law. From: The National Rivers Website.

Splashes: San Onofre Surf Kayak Association - Fantasy Falls - Ray Jardine's Adventure Page - El Nino Returns

River Notes for Monday, July 15, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Delonegha Boat Launch and River Access was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 11th. The boat launch and river access point is at the Highway 178 bridge near Delonegha Hot Springs on the Hobo Campground to Democrat section of the Lower Kern, upstream of Surprise Rapid. The access point is approximately 7 miles downstream of the Hobo Rapid put-in and 4 miles upstream of the Democrat takeout. The day use area is accessible from both the east and west sides of Highway 178. Funding for the project was provided by the California Department of Boating and Waterways, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Resources Agency, and the Forest Service.

There's great water on the Lower Kern today. According to Corp of Engineers flow data, the total outflow from Isabella is about 1300 cfs, with about 775 cfs of that available at the Slippery Rock put-in for the Dam Run, and all 1300 cfs in the river at the Sandy Flat, Hobo/Miracle and Delonegha access points. The SCE flow phone reports a flow of 1238 cfs below Democrat Dam, which implies only a fraction of the usual amount of water is being diverted at Democrat.

Today's RiverPhoto was taken on the Lower Kern Below Democrat Dam. It shows the river immediately below Highway Rapid on the Richbar Run. Highway Rapid is a big class III or III+ rapid around the corner and a couple of rapids upstream of the Nude Beach take-out. The reach from below Lucas Creek Falls to Nude Beach is more moderate than other sections of the Kern Below Democrat. The most difficult rapids are roughly comparable in difficulty to those on the class IV Miracle to Democrat run, but somewhat different in character. Much of the run is class II and III.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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)
15JUL2002 1200 n/a n/a 4.90 343 1308 777 531 154842 1238
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

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

o To make a good decision about the future of a dam in your community, numerous factors should be considered. These factors can be grouped into seven categories: social, historical, aesthetic, economic, legal and land use, engineering, and fish, wildlife, and environmental factors. More: Dam repair or Removal: A Decision-Making Guide.

o In response to last year's power crisis in California, the Kings River Conservation District(KRCD) has revived plans from the 1980's which would build hydroelectric dams on the Upper Kings River above Pine Flat Lake at Rodgers Crossing, and Dinkey Creek. More: http://www.savethekings.org/ - FOR - SacBee

o Seasonal Mean Temperatures and Precipitation for the
United States during Strong El Niños. From the Climate Prediction Center.

o C-Technique: Toward Paddling Perfection, How to Get the Most Out of the Forward Stroke, by David Hearn. More: C1 Concordia.

o Who owns the rivers? -- What are your rights, on which rivers? Key points of river law. From: The National Rivers Website.

Splashes: Oregon Kayaking - Paddle Australia - Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit

River Notes for Monday, July 8, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Great news! The July 4th sale has been extended through Sunday July 14th, 7pm. Get a great mid-summer deal on a whitewater or recreational kayak! 10% off on all new boats. 15% off any boating accessories purchased at the same time. This sale will absolutely end on the 14th, so don't delay! Check out the boats, specs, and reduced prices in the New Boat Barn.

Today's Camphotos are of the Kern River at Kern Falls:

These photos were taken July 3rd on a "short" version of the Kern Headwaters Run that starts at Grasshopper Flat. The flow at Kernville was in the 500s.

Sale on all Dry Tops! 20% OFF:

The Bomb Drytop was $315.00 less 20% $252.00
Nemo Drytop was $325.00 less 20% $260.00
Wave Drytop-Goretex was $ 331.00 less 20% $264.80
Wave Drytop-Goretex XXL was $368.00 less 20% $294.40
Whirlpool Drytop was $172.00 less 20% $137.60
Whirlpool Drytop XXL was $194.00 less 20% $155.20
Whirlpool Drytop Women's was $171.50 less 20% $137.20
EFX Drytop Men's and Women's was $270.00 less 20% $216.00
Gripp Drytop was $210.00 less $20% $168.00
Gush Shorty Drytop was $175.00 less 20% $140.00
Retro Gripp Goretex Drytop was $375.00 less 20% $300.00

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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)
08JUL2002 1300 n/a n/a 5.06 391 1024 497 527 164670 641
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

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

o What's Gale Norton trying to Hide? - George W. Bush's Secretary of the Interior keeps a low profile, keeps her mouth shut, and never picks a fight. Don't mistake her for a stiff, though. As the steward of 507 million public acres, she has deftly combined an aggressive, pro-extraction agenda and the Bush administration's wartime clout to steamroll environmentalists. With the big battle over Arctic oil drilling still to come, her fierce partisanship draws comparisons to her onetime mentor, James Watt, but there's a crucial difference: Norton knows how to win. More: Outside.

o Surfing Jaws - Big kahuna Dave Kalama tells how he tamed Maui’s monster waves with motors, ropes, and adrenaline. More: National Geographic Adventure.

o Study: Warmer climate, sicker earth - From coral reefs to rainforests, diseases are spreading among marine and land animals — including humans — and global warming appears to be a major factor, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science. More: MSNBC.

o For a kayak to be stable it should either apply a force to push you back to the upright equilibrium condition, or if you want to lean, it should apply force such that the boat finds a new equilibrium condition before it tips you over. More :Kayak Stability

Splashes: Stevefisher.net and Jimmy Blakeney's Prokayaker.tv & California first descents - Preston Holme's Channel Islands Surfing - The Kayaxis

River Notes for Saturday, July 6, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Our July 4th Kayak Sale continues today and tomorrow. Take 10% off all new boats in stock. You can even take 10% off new boats that were already on sale! Get that new boat you've been lusting over! To sweeten the deal even more, take 15% off on all boating accessories purchased at the same time! This is a great way to beat the heat on some hot new boats! Check out the boats, specs, and reduced prices in the New Boat Barn. Sale ends at 7:00 PM PDT, Sunday, July 7, 2002.

Today's Camphotos are of the Kern River at Kern Falls:

These photos were taken July 3rd on a "short" version of the Kern Headwaters Run that starts at Grasshopper Flat. The flow at Kernville was in the 500s.

Sale on all Dry Tops! 20% OFF:

The Bomb Drytop was $315.00 less 20% $252.00
Nemo Drytop was $325.00 less 20% $260.00
Wave Drytop-Goretex was $ 331.00 less 20% $264.80
Wave Drytop-Goretex XXL was $368.00 less 20% $294.40
Whirlpool Drytop was $172.00 less 20% $137.60
Whirlpool Drytop XXL was $194.00 less 20% $155.20
Whirlpool Drytop Women's was $171.50 less 20% $137.20
EFX Drytop Men's and Women's was $270.00 less 20% $216.00
Gripp Drytop was $210.00 less $20% $168.00
Gush Shorty Drytop was $175.00 less 20% $140.00
Retro Gripp Goretex Drytop was $375.00 less 20% $300.00

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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)
06JUL2002 0800 n/a n/a 5.21 453 969 448 521 167380 556
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

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

o What's Gale Norton trying to Hide? - George W. Bush's Secretary of the Interior keeps a low profile, keeps her mouth shut, and never picks a fight. Don't mistake her for a stiff, though. As the steward of 507 million public acres, she has deftly combined an aggressive, pro-extraction agenda and the Bush administration's wartime clout to steamroll environmentalists. With the big battle over Arctic oil drilling still to come, her fierce partisanship draws comparisons to her onetime mentor, James Watt, but there's a crucial difference: Norton knows how to win. More: Outside.

o Surfing Jaws - Big kahuna Dave Kalama tells how he tamed Maui’s monster waves with motors, ropes, and adrenaline. More: National Geographic Adventure.

o Study: Warmer climate, sicker earth - From coral reefs to rainforests, diseases are spreading among marine and land animals — including humans — and global warming appears to be a major factor, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science. More: MSNBC.

o For a kayak to be stable it should either apply a force to push you back to the upright equilibrium condition, or if you want to lean, it should apply force such that the boat finds a new equilibrium condition before it tips you over. More :Kayak Stability

Splashes: Stevefisher.net and Jimmy Blakeney's Prokayaker.tv & California first descents - Preston Holme's Channel Islands Surfing - The Kayaxis

River Notes for Monday, July 1, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Looks like the great paddling weather's going to continue through the 4th of July, with a few clouds at times, and a slight chance of afternoon or evening thundershowers at the higher elevations of the Sierra.

The total outflow to the Lower Kern has been ranging from about 1000 cfs to 1300 cfs. This afternoon the release to the river at Slippery Rock (the Dam Run put-in) is about 536 cfs and below the Borel Powerhouse is about 1062 cfs. The flow on the Upper Kern is hanging in there at about 550 - 650 cfs.

Today's RiverPhoto is of Gary Gunder below Island Falls on the Richbar Run on the Kern below Democrat. Here's an overview of the rapid, and another shot of Gary running the drop. Many boaters prefer running the rocky channel on extreme river left.

Sale on all Dry Tops! 20% OFF:

The Bomb Drytop was $315.00 less 20% $252.00
Nemo Drytop was $325.00 less 20% $260.00
Wave Drytop-Goretex was $ 331.00 less 20% $264.80
Wave Drytop-Goretex XXL was $368.00 less 20% $294.40
Whirlpool Drytop was $172.00 less 20% $137.60
Whirlpool Drytop XXL was $194.00 less 20% $155.20
Whirlpool Drytop Women's was $171.50 less 20% $137.20
EFX Drytop Men's and Women's was $270.00 less 20% $216.00
Gripp Drytop was $210.00 less $20% $168.00
Gush Shorty Drytop was $175.00 less 20% $140.00
Retro Gripp Goretex Drytop was $375.00 less 20% $300.00

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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)
01JUL2002 1200 602 135 5.42 551 1062 536 526 173187 670
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
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. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

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

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