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    Does anyone have any good numbers for the speed of the Yukon River current in September in the area of Tanana, Ruby, Galena?

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    might have that data

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    Thats a good suggestion, I'll check that out.

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    Depending on water levels I think it averages 6-8mph in the main channel.

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    I have boated the Yukon near Ruby in sept and even with lower water levels it is swift. I was in a canoe with small outboard and it really was slow going heading upriver. This was about 5 years ago and the water was so low you couldnt get into Ruby slough. The website listed above should show historic currents for various months and years, but dont let the slower CFPM of sept vs June fool you. That water MOOOOVES. As said, I was using a small craft....but ya can haul ass heading down...(grin)

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    Depending on location and the size of boat, wind could be a problem depending on the direction your going.

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    Hey,

    Thanks for the info BushRat, 379 Peterbuilt and Mr. Rutting Moose,
    I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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    I am not sure down that far, but up in the Yukon Territory (between the confluence of the Pelly and Stewart Rivers) I have been blown UPSTREAM in a canoe in really crappy weather in September. I think Bushrat's synopsis is pretty accurate. Of course the Yukon tends to be really braided in parts which makes finding the main channel a bit of a challenge at times. I know a lot of people who have "located" gravel bars where they thought the main channel was.

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