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What is the freshet?

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

If you sail on and around the Fraser River, you might have noticed that at certain times of the year there is a higher than usual quantity of water flowing down the river. This is known as the "freshet".

The "freshet" refers to the annual spring melt of snow and ice, which can cause rivers to swell and flood.

The timing and duration of the freshet on the Fraser River can vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of snowpack in the mountains, weather conditions, and water management practices.

Generally speaking, the freshet on the Fraser River usually begins in April and lasts through June, with peak flows typically occurring in May.

However, it's important to note that this can vary from year to year, and that unusually warm or cool weather can affect the timing and intensity of the freshet.

Additionally, water management practices such as the release of water from dams can also affect the timing and intensity of the freshet


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