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Old 06-18-2006   #1
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Any recommendations for a multi-day float?

I was looking to float and camp for 2 nights with a 5 year old. Any recommendations on something with good camping that is class III or less?

Thank you.

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Old 06-18-2006   #2
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Check out the Upper Colorado from Pumphouse on down.

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 06-18-2006   #3
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Check out Ruby/Horsethief on the Colorado out by Grand Junction. Lots of side hikes, great camping, and class 2 at the worst in a raft. We typically do 2 and a half days/2 nights on the river which makes for a nice liesurely float. Rimrock Adventures in Fruita has a shuttle service from the take out back to Fruita.
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Old 06-19-2006   #4
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There's a 2 day section on the San Juan river from Sand Island to Mexican Hat, that is scenic and Class IIish. Its permit controlled, but a lot of people bail on their trips one month prior to their launch when it comes time to pay for it, so you can frequently pick something up. The link below it to the BLM San Juan Page.
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Old 06-19-2006   #5
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It may be a little short, just an overnighter, but also consider the Gunnison from Escalante to Whitewater. There's great hiking at Little Dominguez Canyon.

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Old 06-19-2006   #6
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float trip

just went on the ultimate canoe trip down the white river - from bonanza to ute mnt - good 32 mile float - good current, brush piles to avoid - some fair float trip rapids on the last day. great camping/scenary - in utah, before green river - not sure if flows are still up -

have fun - S

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Old 06-19-2006   #7
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Pumphouse would be good, but just to let you know, the Upper C goes on for pretty much all class II (except for maybe the rodeo drop in Burns, a class III) all the way to Dotsero. There is BLM camping all over too. If you'd like, PM me, and I'll send you the BLM Upper Colorado guide that has a river map with camp sites, etc.

Fishing might be pretty good there now too. Bring your rod if you have one.

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Old 06-19-2006   #8
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Just got back from a float from Pumphouse to Ranch Del Rio with two 2 year olds and a 4 year old. Nice easy float and good camp sites.

We didn't fish much, had our hands full with the kids, but the water is still a little off color. Should be getting better over the next week or two.
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Old 06-20-2006   #9
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love to join you

I have been taking my 5 year old down some runs in our duckie, with some support from my kayaking buddies. I think my boy would enjoy some runs with another 5 year old. Check your PM.

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