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Old 04-24-2006   #1
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canoe trip help

Looking to take a canoe camping trip somewhere in Colorado. Any suggestions of where to go. Big reservoirs etc that have camping.


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Old 04-24-2006   #2
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Dominguez Canyon (Delta to Whitewater) on the Gunnison is a good float for a canoe.

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Old 04-24-2006   #3
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ruby/horsethief canyon is a nice,easy 27 mile stretch of flatwater with lots of good camping and side hikes to check out...

Also, for a reservoir/lake...check out Homestake Res just NW of Leadville in the summer. It's about 3-4 miles long. Neat spot. Good camping at the far end at the inlet and no trails along the reservior so you can get some solitude. Trails start at the end of the res to a few pretty lakes.
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Old 04-25-2006   #4
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Im not too sure about reservoirs to canoe around but Lower Gore Canyon (pump house to State Bridge) is nice. Just one rapid that is easy to get around. Some nice camping and a warm springs. you could easily spend 3 days in there or run it in a day.
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Old 04-25-2006   #5
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I would second the pumphouse run. Canoeing the colorado from pumphouse down was the beginning of it all for me.

You can start at pumphouse, go down to state bridge camping on river left, only rapid of concern would be yarmony. Second leg would be from state bridge to Jack Flats. And third leg from there to I-70 at dotsero. I cant remember their exact locations but three other rapids would cause problems; rodeo, pinball at Bob's bridge, and some other that just submerges the canoe in a huge wave train - but is avoidable.

All in all it is like 60 miles, could do it in 2 days in high water, you will flip.. but its alot of fun. Just cause its a canoe don't take it lightly.
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