Gulkana river level
How was the water level? Did you have to drag very much? We did it this time of year in 2005 when the water levels were high - great float with little dragging. This year looks like lower levels. Thanks!
Glad to see you had for the most part a good trip. There are new rules in place for those who wish to read concerning the Garbage thing and human waste. You can help the cuase by contacting the BLM out of Glennallen and report what you saw it might help management practices get enforcement dollars. I know you have to be careful what you ask for but without information frm concerned people change can not happen.
Every year the BLM floats the river and picks up mor ethan a couple of boat of junk. Shame! I always seem to take out more than I bring in I guess that is why we have a helper raft go along on our trips.
Glad to see you had a good time sad to see that this early it is turing into a dumping ground.
Since this was my first on the upper I can't speak to high/low water lever but i would guess it was at the lower than normal for this time of year. I didn't see much difference at sourdough from my past stops there. We probably pushed 8 short times but half were my fault by not reading the channel.
There were BLM surveys at the Paxson Lake boat launch with mailing envelopes and I will send it in. But as BlueMoose said, we have to be careful of what we ask for. I'm in favor of common sense and some regulations but do not want to see this go to a controlled river.
I guess those of us who care about our winderness will continue to clean up after those who abuse it. Kinda like spring clean-up day in Fairbanks, where so many pick up after so few.
Enjoy the summer.
Thanks for the info. We're planning on floating this weekend, take out on the 4th. We ran in to the same mess you did at the campsites, so this year we'll be taking a rocket box and hauling out all our waste. Something has to happen to get the human waste problem under control - even two years ago it was disgusting. Like bluemoose, we end up taking out more garbage from the campsites that we take in. Wish more folks would do that. Thanks again.
Rafting the Gulkana main stem
Though I live here in the basin, I am embarassed to say I have only floated a short portion of the Gulkana. The Glennallen BLM office has a great web page on floating the river here is the URL: http://www.blm.gov/ak/gdo/documents/...rguide_web.pdf
It reads a little like the Milepost.
Thank all of you who take the time to care and pack out what others have left behind.
As for the river level, if the Copper is any indication it is low. A good indicator can be seen in the Miles lake fish count site the state runs. Right now the river is at 42 foot which is kinda low for this time of year. Normally we have more rain fall to bring rivers up, but we haven't had the rain. Here is the URL for the fish counters. http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/regio...html/query.cfm
Have a great time out there!
Just got off the Upper my-self 5-8 July Water Dropped we decided to call the float the great drag for the first three miles however we were in a Cat and loaded heavy!
Any Who just four other groups on the entire system from Day one got back to Paxon to recover a vehicle and saw a Church Group Bus!!!!! Glad I ran in the rain LOL.
Any Who the BLM has gone down the river twice this year to date and cleaned just about everything they could fine thank to those folks and there efforts!
Fishing was Great for Grayling, Decent for Trout, no real hatches were going on the entire trip more than likely because of the cold, damp, constent rain . drizzle that is until the last day when of course the SUN came out 6 miles up from the landing :-(
As you posted the King and Red fishing was way below par. We saw maybe 4 pods of Kings nothing more than 5-6 fish per pod, and about 100 Reds total.
It was raining hard in the middle of the Alaskan Range so expect more water then less for the next 3-7 days.
Tight Lines and Great Rafting to all!
Great to see that most people using the river this past 4 days had some form of portable tiolet system! Spot on Folk's