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Old 07-19-2016   #1
 
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Deckers Chutes on South Platte River.

Can any one tell me where a good put in and take out is for running Deckers Chutes (hopefully make it a hour ish float) have never ran it. How low can you float it! Anything else that I would need to know!? And class II - Class III is my level, please don't send me down Niagara Falls!!

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It is easy to make it as long or as short as you want and it is all road side to scout. Standard takeout back in the day was the colorado trail bridge, and put in as high up as you want. There are lots of pull outs and parking at developed spots.

Not sure if there is still a land owner issue floating down to the confluence anymore?
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There is no landowner issue near confluence any more. It is an easier takeout at confluence, but bridge is still fine as well.

If you mainly want the 3's, there is a pullout not too far upriver of the Chutes area (you'll know that by the sign that says "no standing, stopping or parking, next 1/3 miles"). It is the only area that has an obvious pit toilet anywhere upriver of Chutes. Pull in there and there is a short and easy walk down to the river. The main "Chute" is a very narrow channel of water between two rock walls coming down on either side. For a newbie it is actually a bit intimidating, but there is no move to make, just point boat straight and paddle. It has a very nice recovery area below. Last chute is nothing at low water, but has a bit of a flipper wave at super high water (I flipped my IK there last year at 1200 - which it rarely gets to).
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Do you know how low (cfs) you can float this section?
on this site https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...detail/id/424/ it says Running, and then it says un-known minimum? just dont want to drive up there and scrape booty all day long!
Will go next weekend, and by the way things are dropping it will probably be low - mid 100's... Unless its dam fed and they ramp it up to 200.. ?
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Do you know how low (cfs) you can float this section?
on this site https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...detail/id/424/ it says Running, and then it says un-known minimum? just dont want to drive up there and scrape booty all day long!
Will go next weekend, and by the way things are dropping it will probably be low - mid 100's... Unless its dam fed and they ramp it up to 200.. ?
You can pretty much always run that section as water has to be flowing for the fish, never boney and I wouldn't call any so called rapid in there a 3 by any means. Max 2
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You can probably run it down to 150. Lower than that and you'll definitely be scraping in lots of places. It just isn't that fun at low levels - no wave trains, no drops. I generally say 300 is good, 450 is better, and 600 and up is fantastic.
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At the level it's at right now, I agree nothing would be a 3. I didn't realize it had fallen so much. Even at 300, it's a 2+. However, at high water (which rarely happens), it turns into something rather fun and I would say is a 3.
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That's fine, good to try it at lower waters, and then know the run for next year when the water flow is higher. So above 150 and it is still doable, perfect, thanks guys! Much appreciated all your help.


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Its dam fed so it will probably come back up. They could be balancing the flow from the main fork dams since the North Fork tunnel is flowing. 150+ goes. Use the Trumbull gauge: USGS Current Conditions for USGS 06701900 SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BLW BRUSH CRK NEAR TRUMBULL, CO Not the one that AW uses.
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Perfect. I appreciate the help man. Now if I could just figure out how to read the dam thing! HAH!
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