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Old 08-15-2011   #1
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Elevenmile 250cfs, Still fun?

I paddled elevenmile once last year at 400 and had a blast. Is it still good fun at 250 cfs? Does it get really bony or stay fairly channelized? I'm wondering more about the in between stuff, not the bookend class Vs. Thanks

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Old 08-15-2011   #2
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It does both. It gets channelized in a few areas and boney in others. It doesn't get really ELF style boney until 150 or so though. It should still be OK around 250. It will NOT be as good as 4hundo though.

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Old 08-15-2011   #3
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I paddled between the Vs three times this year at 275, 380, and 330. If you had fun at 400, you'll be disappointed below 300.

FYI, the first log above the fourth bridge was in two pieces on my last run a couple weeks ago.
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Old 08-16-2011   #4
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Yes, still fun. As Cadster eluded to, not as fun as higher water, but IMO still fun.
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Old 08-17-2011   #5
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Yep, that was enjoyable at 250 cfs - I would do it again at that leve. If you're a class III/IV boater you should check it out before it's done!
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Did it look like the two Class V rapids would chunder you a bit less at that level? Saw them at 500 and they looked really scary.
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Old 08-17-2011   #7
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Video of V's:

Looks high.
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Old 08-17-2011   #8
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I'm the guy that made that video, and the bottom 5 is the same difficulty at 250 as it is at 350. The only difference is that it's a little slower, but still fun. Me and Ben went up there on monday and lapped the bottome 5 3 times and ran the dam. It was definitely worth the trip from C-Springs, but at 530 the bottom 5 gets meaty and is a solid step up from any other level. When I ran it at that level this year is was a raging torrent of whiting out and high speeds!

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