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Old 01-26-2016   #1
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Denver, South Platte attainments

Any one have good spots for attainments/training on South Platte through Denver? I moved near Evans and Broadway last summer and spent a few evenings on the river near the Evans crossing near my which was decent. Looking for a few other ideas. Also, what would be some acceptable flows at different spots? Any goods at low water?

I know I will be jonesing for before/after work runs in a couple months and Clear Creek isn't very accessible for me anymore.

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Old 01-26-2016   #2
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I don't know who was maintaining them, but there used to be some gates up in downtown just downstream of 20th St (near that park & skate park).

Not exactly an amazing experience, but even at quite low water it was deep enough to take strokes and you could piece together a good little 1-2 minute loop through the course. There was very little current there, but a little bit... Anyone know if those gates are still up?

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Old 01-26-2016   #3
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Thanks for the reply, KSC. If those gates are still around, I will have to go check that out.

I am also looking to explore the area downstream of Union Chutes. Is there anything worth noting around the southern part of town?
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Old 01-26-2016   #4
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If you paddle 1\4 mile of flatwater after the last drop at Union there are two more
playspots,U-hole and Oxford....then it is flat all the way to the powerplant just below Dartmouth where there is a decent playspot..OK at 600 ..good at 1000-1500(pretty much the same at U hole)..this is only about 1 mile above Evans..then it is flat until between Evans and Florida..they took out a straightforward but semi big drop at Florida and replaced it with a smaller drop and a bunch of boulders and riffles starting about 1\4 mile above it...there are three more features :small drop by aqua golf,a rapid by Mississippi,and some red sandstone rocks with playable spot by the old Gates factory,one of these is called Mississippi PN'P in the guidebook,I could never figure out which .....there are drops at Alameda ,Zuni,and Dead Dog Rapid at the Waterworks ( gets serious high) between Mississippi and Confluence...they are in the process of redoing a lot of stuff through town ,so it is changing....was hard to judge what some are like last year with prolonged super high water
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Old 01-28-2016   #5
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I train at confluence pre season. Flat water at the top for stroke drills. Good eddies with current to do ferries over and over again to train in the park proper. Usually fun front surfing on the bottom wave in the park and the wave under the suspension bridge. Slalom gates got messed up in high water. No attainments but you can get a good workout in.
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Old 01-29-2016   #6
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Thanks for the beta. Sounds like confluence park is the place to be. Cayo, thanks for the rundown on drops through town. I think I need to take at least one trip from Union to Confluence, maybe actually multiple days to string the whole thing together. Ian, yeah I guess I was looking more for training areas than specifically attainments.
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Old 01-29-2016   #7
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Forgot to say that I have never been to confluence too low. 100-200 cfs is the norm for off season training.
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Old 02-28-2016   #8
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confluence is the place to be

If you have a squirty boat, confluence has great eddylines to play in. been taking my LL session down and it's tons of fun. all waves are surfable, and the bottom feature is even a little hole-y. With that being said, I'm also hoping I don't get the zombie flu from the nasty ass water flowing down. hope to see some boaters there soon!

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