With the record breaking 2010/2011 winter snow levels, the Truckee is running strong. In mid-June it was running about 3,000 cubic feet per second and now it is about 1,8000 cfs (much more than the average 600 summer flow). Get out this week and you’re likely to paddle through class III, III+ and IV rapids from Boca to Verdi. The trip is perfectly planned to get comfortable with paddling on class II rapids. Then the excitement factor picks up. You’ll go through Jaws and Bronco before pulling over for a sandwich buffet. After lunch, get ready for adventure. There is t “Head Hunter” which requires you to get low and pray to the river gods that you and everyone in your boat has enough headroom to get under the suspension bridge before the drop. This, like the next two diversion dams with “Warning: danger ahead” signs, is not a place to get tossed from the raft.
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