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    Default Little Susitna water levels?

    River Rats,

    I'm planning to float from the Parks Highway (Houston) down to the Public Use Facility (LSPUF).
    Got a cataraft and a canoe plus all the family camping gear stacked in the garage.

    I fished downstream from LSPUF last Thursday (8/4) and had a great time,
    limiting out on nice fat silvers and a hard fighting chum in a couple of hours.
    At that time, the water level was around 300 cfs / 3.0 ft at the Palmer gaging station,
    which was at or just slightly below the statistical "Median" for that date.
    The water color was slightly cloudy, but the fish didn't seem to care,
    and there were gravel bars available, where campers had pitched their tents.

    Now (8/8), the water is running about 700 cfs / 4.2ft at the Palmer gaging station,
    which is the 90th percentile. (The record is 4550 cfs back in 1971!)
    I'm new to Alaska (but not to running rivers) so I need some "local knowledge",
    and I'm also a little rusty on "percentiles". Is this HIGH or just a bit above average?

    With more rain falling today and tomorrow . . . . . .
    At what water level is silver fishing "washed out" on the Little Susitna?
    At what water level are all of the camping areas un-usable?

    Thanx, Dave.

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    Wow, 60+ views without a reply! Doesn't anyone "know" the Little Su?

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    A friend of mine is fishing on the Little Su now and just texted me. He said that the river is high and chocolate colored. Another friend drove by Houston yesterday and said the same. Hope this helps.

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