what does the "lower upper blue" boat like? if you continue past the columbine landing ramp/parking lot, are there any river or property owner hazards such as diversions, fences, gun-totin ranchers in the stretch below? would you dare a guess as to what the low flow would be to run a fishing raft below columbine landing if i wanted to wait until the water drops a little?
also, when you get to green mountain are you rowing into the flat water of the rez to the first boat ramp/camp ground, or taking out at the Hwy 9 bridge or fisherman access (river right just below the bridge) upstream of the flat water? care to share how the fishing is?? i know that is asking a lot, but hey you gotta ask right?
as for running the upper blue for whitewater pursuits, i suggest using the somewhat informal put in at Antler Road (as labeled on google maps). this is a shore/wade fishing access point just off Hwy 9, and there is a private gated bridge that you cannot cross the river. nice big eddy river left below the bridge, a little more than one mile of flat water before getting into the good rapids. there is parking for about 6-8 cars (not really for trailers though) and additional parking on a big wide shoulder on the highway as well. at 1100 cfs, we did 3 laps from 11am to 4pm, between 1-1.5 hrs river time for each lap. google map: from: Antler Rd to: CO-9 - Google Maps
there was another fishing pull off further south (upstream) i saw a lot of commercials using, but it just adds more flat water to a short run and lowers the whitewater/flat water ratio. it appeared the upstream pull off area did not have a true ramp, but an area to back your trailer into with less carry distance to the river.
it appears that since the blue river campground is closed for pine beetle kill clean up, tent camping is now allowed at the columbine landing area for anyone coming from out of town. later all.