The Piedra River is influenced greatly by snow runoff and summer storms. Its generally blown out during the very best late spring stonefly activity. In most years the river clears and fishes quite well by mid-June. August waters run 150-250 c.f.s. Getting onto the river requires a little direction.
South of U.S. Highway 160 the river is mostly private. But there is a short stretch of public access just north of the highway. With private property and steep canyons, the next access is at Sheep Springs, several miles upstream and off the county road paralleling the river. The next access is at the Road 25 bridge, roughly 12 miles north of the highway.
For boaters the Piedra River run is long with some significant drops, but also a lot of mellow water. This run is mostly a forested journey, though the heart of the Piedra runs through two gorgeous canyons. Most of the serious rapids of this run are contained in the two canyons. Be aware that the Piedra flows early. It usually peaks during the second half of May.
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