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Old 09-17-2004   #11
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milo, sounds like you're describing the cheeseman section (class V/VI)

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Old 09-17-2004   #12
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you're right.. it was the sportsmans club that put all the stuff in the river...upstream...sorry....

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Cheesman Resevoir to Deckers

Did it in 94 or 95, so don't remember much of the rapids (except that we portaged at least one riverwide seive). walk to the river is short and painless, you get a couple miles of pool drop classic south platte class 3, (maybe easy 4? can't remember), beautiful canyon (it is a great hike) but the canyon opens up and the rapids end before you hit the Wigwam Club (private fishing land).

Put-in wasn't a problem at all back then, but as soon as we floated under the Wigwam Club's river wide fence someone started yelling at us and told us if we didn't get out right away he would call the sheriff. Of course by this time we could only take out on their property so he gave all four of us and our boats a ride in the back of his truck to our vehicle in Deckers. He saved us the 2 mile float out through their "fish improved" river bed, which is a bunch of river wide shallow rock bars. He wasn't very happy with us, but we appreciated the ride cause it was better than the shallow float out, or the other option - you can take out before floating under the fence, but it is a steep uphill hike (river left).

something worth doing once, just be aware there is at least one seive portage that might be harder to find at higher flows. we were in there at lower flows so it was easy to get out, but the portaging was a bit involved on river right along the steep rock wall. I'd say the Royal Gorge at any flow is a better day out cause you don't piss anyone off and there is "play" year round, at least more than this run has. but you got to try everything once, right?


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