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    Does anyone know the average flow rate (speed MPH) of many of the western streams like the Innoko or Holitna? I am trying to calculate how many hours needed to float approx 60 river miles of a river simular to the ones mentioned. I have found the Kusko flows 5-8 MPH but that all the info I could dig up. Thanks..

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    I have never floated either of the rivers you are referring to but I have floated many different rivers in Alaska. I use my GPS while floating to determine my river speed. On some very fast moving rivers like the Tanana you can get up to 5-6 MPH. On some of the slower moving rivers I have floated like Moose Creek/Deshka River the river speed is right around 2 MPH. I have floated down rivers with a cataraft loaded down with moose meat and 8 MPH would be extremely fast in my opinion. On most rivers the average speed is right around 3-4 MPH.

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    Holitna is about like the Kuskokwim. You should call Sleetmute and Red Devil corp stores and ask how the water levels are.
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    plan on 20 hours to float the Holitna 60 miles (river miles not nautical), average september flow provides river speeds in a raft about 2.5 mph with moderate load on board.

    Innoko varies dependent on where you start from. The upper flow is about 3-4 mph, the lower is closer to 2-3 mph.

    I agree with Bushwack, rely on your GPS speed indicator at the time you're floating to calculate the best Dead Reckoning ETA to your destination.

    larry

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    Thanks guys. Larry, got into your book this weekend and found the chapter about calculating float times. The kid and I are getting excited!

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    sweet, hope it helps. Good luck with your son this year.

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    lol, DAUGHTER! I finished the book again last night. You confirmed many times things I have noticed about animal behavior and also was amazed on how simular my hunting list of gear and food was to yours. I did learn quite a few things I never thought about and would recomend the book to anyone planning a float, especailly their first one. Thanks for putting it out. This won't be the first hunt on the river but first float..

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