Originally Posted by Porkchop
...upper eagle is a blast all the way to edwards. however, completely different river than the ark wider not as deep less swirly more rock dodgn...
You're saying the Eagle is wider, shallower and less swirly than the Arkansas or the other way around? I assume I got it right, because the eagle isn't that deep anywhere! LOL
I should have clarified my original post too. I will be rafting it in a 14' oar setup. back in the day when my dad and I used to do it all the time, we were in a bit smaller oar setup (12' if I recall correctly). VERY fun in a raft that size.
I should also clarify my definition of Upper Eagle, given I am rafting in a 14 footer. I don't run the whole thing, only from Avon to Edwards. I am told (and believe it from what I have seen of it) that Dowd is not a plce to take an oar rig... LOL Never done Dowd, but want to one of these days (when I get some paddles and people to put on the smart end of those paddles).
Nicho - the 16' would be fine on the lower Eagle for sure, probably the Upper too at higher flows. We went with a friend that had one up there last year of that size on the Lower. I'd probably wait for higher flows in a raft that size (it was over 2,000 cfs when we went last year with the guy in the 16 footer), but it's probably not too bad even at these flows if it's not loaded up too much. We went last weekend in my 14' raft - Avon to Eagle County Fairgrounds - and scraped a few rocks here and there, dodged the rest pretty easily. The upper is a bit more rock dodging than the lower, but it's also a bit more continuous action (and shorter). It's a pretty wide river in most places, so there is room to manuever in most places.