After August 23rd, flows will be in the 350CFS range, which is considered mellow.
Because of drought conditions and dam releases, these flows can shift, so always check conditions before heading out!
Up to the minute flows: http://cdec4gov.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=OBB
What the river levels mean:
200-750cfs are very family friendly and are considered "float trips".
751-1000cfs we still require two good paddlers but the flow is on the lower end. You still need to be aware of trees at this level and lifejackets should be worn at all times. We do recommend that participants know to swim and you need to have at least one adult per child.
1001-1300cfs we still require two good paddlers per boat and everyone should know how to swim. The current changes and although this is a fun flow the trees still require all groups paying attention. The one cooler per raft is still strictlly enforced. Lifejackets must be worn at all times.
1301-1800cfs we require at least two or more good paddlers per boat and everyone should know how to swim. The current is very fast and trees can pose a problem if not paying attention so the one cooler per raft is strickly enforced. Alcohol is not allowed at this flow. Life jackets must be worn by everyone at all times. Children must be 7 years or older.
1801cfs and above we do not run commercial trips due to safety issues.
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