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I was in the park last weekend and have water updates for the following sources:1. Fresno Creek: flowing, but almost imperceptibly. The two drainages to the west, and the one to the east had several small, extremely shallow pools, practically nothing but water slicks. I do not advise counting on any of these for water. I think most of the surface water was left over from last week's thunderstorms and will soon be completely evaporated. There are a couple of collection pools in the bedrock several yards downstream of the actual Bonito Spring/Fresno Creek crossing. Given that Bonito seems to still be flowing, these pools MIGHT continue to hold a little water, but I certainly wouldn't count on it. 2. Dodson Spring: still flowing, barely, but I saw only a muddy and very shallow pool which would require a great deal of time and digging to acquire a small amount of very foul water. Wouldn't count on it. I did not check Adler or any of the other springs off-trail.3. Upper Juniper Spring: flowing, but slowly. Perhaps barely a half-liter per minute at most. No water at all in the cement collection basin. 4. Boot Canyon: fair amounts of scummy algae-laden water in bedrock pools up and down the canyon. Definitely available if you're willing to prefilter to clean it, and filter or pill to sterilize it. The pipe was flowing but at a very, very slow rate. I did not use it.
Awesome report. Do you think that further down the Fresno wash there would be bigger pools?
I was in Boot Canyon the 12 and 13th. Got water from the pipe on the 12th without any problem. Water was flowing between the on the 13th and I would have had no problem filtering some for usage.
Thanks for the report. Heading out there a week from Monday. Looks like Big Bend may get rain late next week. Hoping for water at Boot Spring but that doesn’t sound favorable at the moment.
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