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  • #3905
    MIT
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    If inflow gto bark lake is 80cms what does that make the Upper Mad and Opeongo. I’ve forgotten the split. This is OPG’s latest posting as of today.

    #26388
    1-Blade
    Participant

    We ran Chalet yesterday and it was around 18-20. Apparently they are trying to maintain 15, but it goes up and down as the day goes on. The Lower was about 150 (according to the folks at the Coop). The chute at Jessup’s was washed out except for one huge standing wave where the hole usually is. Maybe this helps?

    #26389
    allan
    Participant

    My recollection is that it’s a 2:1 split, with the Upper mad being the larger… so 53 cms for the Upper, 27 cms for the opeongo… but I could have these backwards.

    Or just totally wrong…

    cheers,

    -allan

    #26390
    MIT
    Participant

    Opg at the moment is trying to raise bark lake to summer min. levels
    by the may long weekend. so chalet rapids would be low since they are
    below bark lake. Down at palmer’s they are lowering the lakes above the
    dam so palmers and the lower mad are high. the lakes above the dam 2 weeks ago where 6 to 8" above summer levels.

    #26391
    ThomL
    Moderator

    Allan has the ratio right. Most of the time it’s about 2/3 Upper Mad, 1/3 Opeongo. The middle Mad and the Lower Mad don’t relate, as all three sections are seperated by dams.

    #26392
    evil_twin
    Participant

    OK, I can accept the 2:1 ratio as being correct. My question: is 27cms a good level to run the Opeongo? What is the approx. minimum level for it to be runnable?

    Better yet, did anyone run the Opeongo this past weekend, May 5/6? How was it?

    #26393
    h2sk1
    Participant
    "evil_twin":3vou4gaa wrote:
    OK, I can accept the 2:1 ratio as being correct. My question: is 27cms a good level to run the Opeongo? What is the approx. minimum level for it to be runnable?

    Better yet, did anyone run the Opeongo this past weekend, May 5/6? How was it?[/quote:3vou4gaa]

    I wasn’t there, but heard that the level on the Opeongo was low.

    #26394
    kayaker
    Participant

    MKC posts the levels for the Upper, Middle and Lower Madawaska fairly regularly, along with an explanation of what the levels means in terms paddling quality if it is any help.

    The URL is: http://www.owl-mkc.ca/gauge_page.htm

    #26395
    evil_twin
    Participant

    That is helpful Kayaker.

    MKC states that the Upper Madawaska is runnable when above 25cms and is at medium level b/w 25 – 60cms. So, if our ratio is correct, then an 80cms reading at the Bark Lake inflow (53cms on the Upper Mad, 27cms on the Opeongo) would be comfortably within the medium water level for the Upper Madawaska.

    With a small leap of faith we could infer that the Opeongo would follow a similar pattern and 23cms on the Opeongo is also in the medium water range for that river. Furthermore, if this pattern holds true, then the Opeongo would be runnable down to say 12 – 15cms.

    Anyone disagree with this logic?

    #26396
    MIT
    Participant

    we went and paddle both on may 5 & 6 both were low
    upper was a bump and grind run.
    opeongo was a float trip with very small features, no strainers, and
    no bump and grind.
    I think the water levels changed after opg post there forcast. the opeongo may of had more water than upper mad

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