Floating Lower Owens River

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Floating Lower Owens River

Post by elsbree » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:11 pm

Hey all, not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, but I'll be passing through Bishop in a few weekends and was hoping to spend an afternoon floating part of the Owens River near town. Beyond acknowledging that floating the Owens is a fun pastime, I can't find much in the way of details on the ol' web. I was thinking of picking up an innertube and some beers and starting my float from Line Street. I'd take out about two miles down the river near the ponds. Given the winding nature of the river I'm assuming that will take me the better part of an afternoon.

I'd love any tips on river conditions or the feasibility of such a float. I totally get that people are probably reluctant to post stuff like that publicly, so feel free to DM me if you feel like sharing. If not, I've got a lot of river experience and I'm ready for an adventure :)








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Re: Floating Lower Owens River

Post by SSSdave » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:53 pm

The Owens River from below the Pleasant Valley Dam to many miles south of Bishop is a truly amazing meandering river viewed on Google Earth that few in the public are aware of outside fly fishermen and locals as it is out of sight, out of mind and not where people expect trout to be out in the hot valley. Chalk Bluffs dirt road.

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Post by Fly Guy Dave » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:55 am

The flows are currently 318 CFS, so you might get to your destination a bit faster than you anticipate.
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Re: Floating Lower Owens River

Post by SNOOOOW » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:13 am

elsbree wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:11 pm
Hey all, not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, but I'll be passing through Bishop in a few weekends and was hoping to spend an afternoon floating part of the Owens River near town. Beyond acknowledging that floating the Owens is a fun pastime, I can't find much in the way of details on the ol' web. I was thinking of picking up an innertube and some beers and starting my float from Line Street. I'd take out about two miles down the river near the ponds. Given the winding nature of the river I'm assuming that will take me the better part of an afternoon.

I'd love any tips on river conditions or the feasibility of such a float. I totally get that people are probably reluctant to post stuff like that publicly, so feel free to DM me if you feel like sharing. If not, I've got a lot of river experience and I'm ready for an adventure :)
So typically in my many past experiences floating the owens, it typically takes around 2-3 hours to float from Line street to the rope swing which is usually where everyone gets out from the float. The flow of the river is controlled but I would say plan for a 3 hour float from line street to the rope swing and you should be fine. Let us know how it goes, I haven't done a float on the owens in quite some time but it is still my favorite river to float. :drinkers:
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