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    I've been reading the talk of the water levels on the slope being low, since I'm headed up there next week I started doing some investigating to see how out of the ordinary they were. I started on the internet at: http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/ak_ahps2.php which is the river water levels around the state from the NWS River Forecast Center. Then I went to the chart for the sag as measured at Pump Station 3.

    Historical data isn't available, so I called them and spoke with a very helpful person who provided me with previous years data and assisted in interpeting some of the other charts.

    For today's date the sag is at 15.21 ft
    This day in 2006 the sag was at 15.61 ft
    This day in 2005 it was 15.01 ft.

    Of course the river isn't 15 ft deep, they just use a baseline that is above 0 for measuring depth.

    So I'm not saying boating is any easier right now, it just seems like the water levels are close in line with the last three years.

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    The Sag last week was far *better* than the Ivashak by far. Most people ignore the Sag though...the side channel getting into the main channel at Mile 50 has a number of 4-6 inch spots...the view of the Sag from the road between Pump 3 and 2 doesn't have hardly any white water that I have seen in years past.
    "...and then Jack chopped down the beanstock, adding murder and ecological vandalism to the theft, enticement and vandalism charges already mentioned, but he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no one asks the inconvenient questions." Terry Pratchett's The Hogfather

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    2 years ago water was low also this year was lowest i have seen in 12 + years hunting it. boating it 5-6 years. i was able to launch at mile 50 but used high lift jack to get boat off trailer....but i have had to do that the last 3 years????
    slider bunks 3-4 inches out of water.

    alot of folks are putting in at 45.5 mile
    creek that dumps in sag just north of PS3, a mile or 2 ,was nearly dry this year ponds were very low if not dry
    it is not as bad as i was expecting but is low but very runable (sp)
    2 years ago when i headed south first week of sept sag was dropping daily. when it starts freezing things will start drpping as well.
    did not see it but heard from good friend and others the ochooka (sp) is very low and really only suitable for airboat.

    good luck hope it cools down alittle probably at 70 every day we were there , last week.
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