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Old 02-18-2009   #1
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Early Spring Kayaking

I am new to Colorado; I just moved here this summer. I did some boating in the fall but it was pretty much the end of the season. Any want to help me figure out where I can go and how early I can start. I did some of the Arkansas in the fall and i'm looking for some good class III-V rivers. I'm starting to have withdrawals from not being on the water. So any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 02-18-2009   #2
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Northern NM creeks usually start running the earliest.....possibly by the end of March. Taos, Embudo, etc.... For CO. creeks, Escalante is usually a mid-april affair. The rivers usually don't start seeing an increase in flow until early to mid May. Most high elevation creeks don't see much until early June.

I'm praying for HUGE DUMPS in March AND April......bring it!!! I'd love to see more creeking options in July and even August like we had last year.

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Old 02-18-2009   #3
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We did parkdale 2 weeks ago, someone did the gorge the same day I hear. Other then that you gotta pray for releases or go out and run shoshone...
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shit around these parts starts running end of april class 5 creeks and a play park. should be a 4k release in a month for a week. the play park gets some good play.
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Old 02-18-2009   #5
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Welcome to the Springs!

Most of the Ark is runnable though I haven't heard about the Numbers yet. It's low (of course) but still fun with Brown's being the best run for your money considering sun, temps, rapids.

Lower South Boulder had a release a couple of weeks ago though it's too low now.

Haven't heard about Westwater yet but it's an early season run.

Shoshone yes, but it's a long drive for a short run.

The Colorado above the confluence with the Eagle is easy but scenic with some decent play and lots of options regarding length. I doubt (but don't know) that it's iced up.

I've talked to folks who run Cataract Canyon in March for an easy permit, multi-day.
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Old 02-18-2009   #6
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Most of the Ark is runnable though I haven't heard about the Numbers yet. It's low (of course) but still fun
It is ice above and below the rapids, I wouldn't recommend it. Pine Creek is do-able but very dangerous because of ice right after the rapid. I remember reading a post about a bad swim and a lost paddle there a couple weeks ago...

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