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Old 08-28-2007   #1
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I've been looking at google earth for a long time at a single spot and its the laramie river below what I think is Wheatland Reservoir number two. Anybody have info on this stretch or heard of anything? It looks sick and has some big stuff showing in the maps so i thought it would be worth seeing if anybody else has noticed it.

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Wheatland Reservoir 2 outflows into Bluegrass Creek. Good 1/2-1mile V at the top. It's in the book.


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Old 08-28-2007   #3
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naw Im pretty sure this is the Laramie it comes out on the western side and it goes under a couple bridges and diversion dams before it gets good. Its about a 15 mile run before it gets to a pretty small reservoir and dam. If you have earth the put in is at 41 56'08.06 N 105 33'37.83 W and the take out is 41 55'25.77 N 105 25'37.07 W Im not sure these are right but its what the pointer was at. Not real sure about land ownership but the put in and take out look the best to me.
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Wheatland Reservoir 2 outflows into Bluegrass Creek. Good 1/2-1mile V at the top. It's in the book.

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East is east

How about southeast Wyoming?

I looked for a USGS gage online, but couldn't find one. Might be a state gage below the dam. I think releases are timed for irrigation. It'd be a cramp to drive there and not find enough water.

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I'm interested in this. Some time ago I read an article about some guys running what they said was a classic section of water on the Laramie. As I recall it was just a lucky thing as it is normally dewatered and they happened upon it on a road/boating trip when it had a rare release. Don't know if i still have that article, but it might be worth some research
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It really looks like the spot freexbiker calls the take-out on the Laramie is the actual diversion tunnel to get water over to Bluegrass. There is some sort of impoundment at the take-out coords., and if you go S-SE from there about 1/2 mile down the dirt road, that is the beginning of Bluegrass, no?
So I think what you're looking at is the same water as Bluegrass, but upstream and over a watershed boundary. Should be same gage, outflow of Wheatland No. 2 Res. From "Call 307-742-7657 (auto) or 307-742-0023 (voice) for the outflow from Wheatland #2."
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OK I took a look on GE. My guess is that it is the Laramie River but not sure. The run is below Wheatland Res #2 and flows into a small reservoir (which feeds Bluegrass). You can see one end of the diversion tunnel on the south shore of the small reservoir (41°55'22.87"N 105°25'32.52"W) scroll south about 1/2 mile or less and you'll see the other end of the tunnel pop out of the sage brush and into the beginning of the Bluegrass run (41°54'54.83"N 105°25'18.78"W).

There looks to be a good take-out here (41°56'5.08"N 105°31'7.42"W) but that would make the run just over 3 miles. Your proposed take-out is at the southeast shore of the small reservoir, making the run 9+ with intermittent rocks/possible rapids and a fair amount of flat water, interesting.

My guess is that the Wyoming BLM Rawlins field office would have more info about land ownership, access, and proper names.


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the stuff farther up on tunnel road

the outflow from that little reservoir feeds straight underground to the outflow tunnel for bluegrass the run above the little reservoir could possibly be flowing the same as the bluegrass reading if the reading if coming straight from reservoir #2 somebody let me know might have to do some explor. only looks like one good section with all that flatwater you need to beable to zoom in more!
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Found that article...written by Jim Rada He ran it in 1983 ...sounded like a fluke He was there when some work was being done on a tunnel. It is the Laramie below Wheatland #2 Top few miles sounded like just fun stuff, then dropped into a class 4-5 canyon that he ran alone. In the article he says that it had not had water in it for 20 years, so don't know if we'll ever see it. The takeout he refers to is Palmer Canyon Road. He reports running it at about 500CFS
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Old 08-29-2007   #10
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South east boaters

sorry about all of those mistakes
I think where i got the idea is from AW and those are kind of edited cords but i think i put them where there is actually public land and the only good take out was on that side of the reservoir just wondering didnt actually know that bluegrass runs below that but it makes sense. thanks for the information though i thought it looked cool might have to do some explorin like Casper Mike said but it would suck to not have it running
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