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Old 07-20-2011   #1
Canon City, Colorado
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Arkansas, Portland Cement Plant to the Pueblo Reservoir

Anyone run (float) the Arkansas from Florence to Pueblo lately? Wondering if there is anything nasty (fallen trees etc) that I need to worry about, or any rapids bigger than class II? Someone told me there was a class V section before the reservoir, but I had never heard of it. Thanks.

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I have heard that stretch is pretty mellow, never heard there was a class V in there.

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Old 07-20-2011   #3
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Very mellow run just class l and ll riffles. You do have to watch for strainers. Some of my friends just did it recently and said there is some wood from bank errosion but it was all passable just be heads up.
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Ran it 30 years ago. My recollection is there was a dam we portaged??? That could have been upstream of the cement plant. Never seen as many sweepers in a river as what we saw on that section. Came around a corner and saw a sweeper with about 5 horsecollar lifejackets lodged in the branches. Pretty sickening sight. No evidence of any casualties.
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Old 07-20-2011   #5
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Just ran it last week. Pretty easy with a lot of strainers, but you should see all of them coming.
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