Change in Flow for the San Juan River



January 23, 2014

As a result of a lower forecast for river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 250 to 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Friday, January 24, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

The San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program recommends a target base flow of between 500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area. The target base flow is calculated as the weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area.

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Christianson at 970-385-6590 or e-mail him at [email protected]


  1. Peggy - January 24, 2014

    We don’t expect much change in the water clarity as the river is already stained green from the lake “turn over”
    The river may get a little chunky for a couple of hours, but really this isn’t a very big step up.

  2. Art Santore - May 31, 2016

    San Juan fishing trip 2016, May 26-30th
    On San Juan River with a Fishead guide what can one say, “Marcus Rubbo”, guide who loves what he does at a professional level for each client in the drift.
    The rod in your hand yet under control by Marcus, “mend up river Sir”, spoken with a soft voice. “Good, good let it drift”, his soft voice just a lull, until it happen, “Set, set the hook ART”, set the Hook.” “That it is “Ok Sir, we’ll tune it up some, on the next one”.
    “Great cast”, good Art, good, let it drift, good, good, get (how could he even see down to the fish) ready, now “SET THE HOOK”. By the end of the first day Marcus had reach that state for me of what fishing guides can do for the their client,one that leads and gives direction.
    Excuse me for saying this but “Holy SHIT”, “yes Art, that is a Holy Shit-one, give it some line…, play it.., and give more line… let it run,” (he is trying to row and keep up with the HS-fish down river on the run)
    “HS”, “HS”, (sorry again) and yet he is watching the other client who now has hooked into a fish. Out of the corner of my eye I see a net being lifted and yet the drift is corrected by one hand on an oar. “Dam” I mean Navajo Dam, if his foot isn’t on the other oar and other hand, holds the net picking up the fish for John (other client in rear). All the time keeping the HS-fish in site. “Ok Art doing good…, rod tip left…, tip straight up now.., rod tip right.., strip, strip, reach high.. and straight back…, splash, landed, nice job.” As I take a deep breath. “Nice fish Art, but you’ll do better, now that you are tuned, the language of a soft spoken guide, guiding his client down the San Juan River. Many thanks for your guiding skills and that shepherding voice for my hand.

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