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    Default Is the kenai floatable right now?

    I know the river is low, but if a couple of guys were to go Monday, could you float it in a 14 foot raft? How about a canoe? Should we stick with wade fishing?

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    Haven't seen the river myself for a while, been in Japan for 3 months, but some friends of mine were planning on floating it this weekend.
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    The ice has cleared out in the areas that were blocked below sportsmans but the water is really, really low. Doable? Depends on how you define doable but a raft or canoe that you take the time to walk or drag around or over the shallow areas... is doable. Walkng & wading would be easier but you would not see as much water but did I say that it would be easier?

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    Packraft. That would make it through.

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    Thanks iceblue. We'll see how things go the next few days. If it warms up, maybe the water level will come up a little.

    Brian, I haven't budgeted for a packraft, yet. The kids took priority, 14 footer works like a playpen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_rn View Post

    Brian, I haven't budgeted for a packraft, yet. The kids took priority, 14 footer works like a playpen.
    Ha! Good thinking. A floating playpen...kids can't go anywhere and you get to enjoy the water. Perfect!

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    Ill be down there Saturday and give you a report on what water conditions are like. I know the upper near cooper is pretty open and heard reports of guys floating from cooper bridge down to sportsmans, but once again i "heard".
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    Any updates on the floatability from the weekend?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_rn View Post
    Any updates on the floatability from the weekend?

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    Pretty skinny water, we did see some one man pontoons floating down the river. A big raft might have some troubles in the shallow areas...

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    lake to sportsmans should be no problem... if you don't mind dragging... Sportsmans to Jims had a lot of ice last time I was down there, maybe this warm weather knocked it out...
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    Its not the water level right now.....It is the Ice shelves at Sportmans and Jims trying to pull out......Hopefully the sun will get rid of those soon
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    Don't look like much, but it was about a 5 foot shelf. Pic is about 6 weeks old...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    Its not the water level right now.....It is the Ice shelves at Sportmans and Jims trying to pull out......Hopefully the sun will get rid of those soon
    Well in that case, there is barely a shelf at Sportsmans. We didn't go as far down at Jims. The Ice shelf is definitely not as big as Dan's photo, but the water is skinnier then I've ever seen it.

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    I was going to give report. But Bigcox nailed it.
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    Default It's low alright.

    We didn't so much float as we paddled down stream. Bridge to cooper creek took about 2 hours + the time we stopped to fish. We took a canoe, but probably should have just waded it. We portaged princess rapid, but probably could have run it. Accidentally managed one rotten silver, saw a few nice rainbows but no hookups.

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    Edit: Thanks again for all the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_rn View Post
    We didn't so much float as we paddled down stream. Bridge to cooper creek took about 2 hours + the time we stopped to fish. We took a canoe, but probably should have just waded it. We portaged princess rapid, but probably could have run it. Accidentally managed one rotten silver, saw a few nice rainbows but no hookups.

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    It was only about 2 miles on the bike but it was snowing enough that my hands were numb.






    Edit: Thanks again for all the advice.
    I am normally above petty jealousy but uhh...Not this time.You southern alaskan people with your rivers opening up make me green with envy every year around this time.It sucks living in the interior during march.Tried to get the kayak in the chena(Keyword:tried)Lets just say that water is cold and uhh a wetsuit dont help much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albradley View Post
    I am normally above petty jealousy but uhh...Not this time.You southern alaskan people with your rivers opening up make me green with envy every year around this time.It sucks living in the interior during march.Tried to get the kayak in the chena(Keyword:tried)Lets just say that water is cold and uhh a wetsuit dont help much.
    Hey Al me and you need to go down to that kenai and make those guys clear out of the good holes and let us give her a whirl. Then we'll leave Good Time Charleys and hit the river! Whatcha think?





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    Interesting projection of water levels...

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    what factors go into "projecting" the water levels?

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    snowpack, precip forecasts, and temp forecasts, you can typically accurately model runoff given these parameters.
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