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Old 06-03-2005   #1
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BETA on Class II and easy/forgiving III on front range?

Trying to teach newbies and cant seem to find a good section of river?
Can anyone recommend a good 3+ mile stretch?..Need help & advic

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Old 06-03-2005   #2
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My first white water was Filter Plant run on the Poudre, although it could stand to be a bit easier for brand new boaters' first run.
At lower flows, ~100-150cfs, I think the Boulder Creek Whitewater park is a great place to teach basic theory, eddies, bracing etc. The pools are deep and calm.

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Old 06-03-2005   #3
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Yarmony to State Bridge. Last I looked it wasn't as high as Filter Plant. You might swim for a while on FP while its 4' on the rock. There's certainly nothing technical on it, in fact it's washed out. It's just fast and may look intimidating for a newbie right now. Its a great newbie place when the water is lower. (All IMHO)

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Old 06-03-2005   #4
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The Colorado from Dotsero up. Get off at the Dotsero exit just before Glenwood Canyon. There is an obvious take out at a bridge from there drive up the road as far as you feel like running. There are several established parking/river access spots along the way and the river is scoutable from the road the entire way as well.
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I learned on the section we locally call the "Upper C", Rancho Del Rio to State Bridge on the Colorado, same as someone else said. Flows most of the year. I like it because I start newbies on flatwater, teach them strokes, get them used to their boats, etc. Then they hit short sections with small waves and holes. The last wave train has a huge eddy river left and flatwater afterwards. YOu can take more agressive 1st timers to try a surf or paddle back up to the top of the waves and eddy turn in to the current. (We call this little rapid re-run or re-wind). Worst that happens is thye swim into the lake-like eddy afterward which is also a good spot for roll practice.

Take out is free on river right at state bridge lodge through the fenced tunnel under the tracks, or "Toll Booth Willie" will clip you for a few bucks on river left at the obvious boat ramp area.

There are alternate put ins that allow for more or less flat water too. (The bridge downstream from Rancho has good access) Pumphouse to Radium upstream is pretty similar with a few slightly less forgiving rapids, but still beginner stuff.

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Old 06-03-2005   #6
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Dotsero is a great stretch to teach/learn on. Closer to home ie front range i learned on the north fork of the south platt from just below the rock garden to the first harder drop 100 yards up stream from the road junction comming down from 285. there is a great area with two big boulders that causes a pinch with a deep channel and good eddies on both sides. I spent hours there going back and forth flipping swimming and learning. the whole run is maybe 2 miles and real nice. check it out.
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The Chutes on the S Platte is a great beginner run. There's really only one drop and it's into a big calm pool. As others have said, Filter Plant on the Poudre is also good.
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I'm by no means a great boater. I have a decent roll.... that's it. Filter Plant right now is smokin, I'd try confluence.

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The Deckers Chutes run is mostly 2/-3 due to the amount of maneuvering around all the rocks in the river with no huge major rapids, the only big slide/drop is the Chutes and its a 3+/4 depending on the flow but it has a nice pool at the bottom kind of like Union Chutes does, you can tell the Chutes by the big NO TRESSPASSING signs everywhere to keep swimmers and tubers out.
There are lots of PI/TO choices all up and down the road.It's all eazy to road scout and portage too.

Right now the section above the Chutes is an eazy run below the Chutes is a little more demanding.

Also here in town is the 470 to Bowles run on the S. Platte Lots of flat sections with a few little slides simalar to #4 at Union Chutes and you can eazily protage the 2 big ones behind Aspen Grove. It takes a couple of hours to float.
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Old 06-03-2005   #10
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Deckers is a nice place to teach beginers, very forgiving. Note the rock sieve on river left as you enter the chutes. I had to fish a boat from there once...

At 250, there's a fun little wave at the bottom of the chute, check it out!!

I'll be paddling deckers with my pops this weekend, and you and your crew are more than welcome to join!

For what it's worth, I puked the night after paddling Deckers the past two times...so it's probably worth sleeping with a bucket next to your bed after the float!


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