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Old 06-04-2009   #1
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BC - Castle Rock through Rogers Park

This is a 2.2 mile tight creeky stretch that is pretty darn fun, if you live close and want something to do quick. We have ran it 5 times now. It has a short season with Barker dam and all. It is easy to do a couple of times with a quick car shuttle.

When the water was low, we cut, cleared it of wood and removed a few strategic low bush branches. We just moved a log two days ago that was across 3/4 of the creek and 10" thick. There is still wood along the banks that could come in with higher flows, so if you decide to run it, car scout it on the shuttle.

There is a bridge gauge on the second bridge below the climbing area. We have ran it at 2.75", 3.00" and 3.25". I think 3.00 is about 225-240 or so out of Barker? 2.75 is a boat beater, 3.00 is fun a little shallow, 3.25 is fun, fast, continuous, good coverage, a few fun wave trains and holes.

You could put in after the first bridge, probably a IV opening rapid. The put-in below second bridge starts off in II+ works into a III+, then a III rapid above and along the summer road turn off with a III around the next couple of turns before it settles down to II+ for the duration down through Rogers park. Don't miss the pull out as it leads to strainer hell below.

It would be nice to cut out a few more bush branches and clear out a couple more eddys for play, to slow it down and add a little more character, but it is pretty fun run as it is.

The run could be extended below, but there would be some serious tree/wood removal to do.
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