Because we never can get enough of these photos.
The Snake River is still running at nearly 7,000 cubic feet per second in the canyon above Alpine, about 2,000 cfs higher than average. I went down and ran the canyon last week for the first time since June, and found a surprisingly powerful river with many fun rapids.
The Snake has a good variety all summer long, with one set of rapids — Lunch Counter, Cottonwood — at their best in higher flows, and another set — Big Kahuna, Rope — more powerful at low water later in the season. The flow on the evening we ran the canyon was 8,500 cfs, a medium volume where both sets of rapids were kicking.
The Double Draw Rapid created by the mudslide is still one of the best, with bigger and better waves than I ever can recall at that spot. The emergency rock levee built by WyDOT downstream, however, is an eyesore.
At the Snake River Fund’s “Legends of the Snake” float trip and dinner last Friday, longtime outfitter Frank Ewing said flows in the canyon are staying higher than he has seen in more than 50 years of river running.