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Old 03-24-2005   #11
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Denver confluence is a good place to learn when it is at low water, say 100-150 cfs. After you get comfortable catching eddies and peeling out, you can play in the small waves. I found it a good place to get comfortable rolling in rapids, and to get comfortable going down drops upside down if you don't roll fast enough.

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Old 03-25-2005   #12
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rasdoggy- 'nuff respect, bro. It's awesome to see folks in the earlier stages of their boating career get so pumped up about stuff like this.

You should check out Confluence - it will hone your eddy turn skills sharper than Union for sure, and when the water's up, it is the most underrated playspot in the state, despite the water quality. You can learn to surf there pretty easily, and it's never crowded like Golden. I think it's a great beginner playspot. Don't park at the public lot upstream from the Speer overpass - lots of break-ins there. Use the big REI lot next to I-25 on Platte Street.

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Old 03-25-2005   #13
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The Dam Masters are releasing some water out of Chatfield these days but only about 100 CFS. When this gets up to about 300 it would be worth the trip for you to put in at C-470 and boat down to Bowles Avenue through Littleton. There are some drops that will test you but there are some deeper little sections before you get to them where you can practice your roll.

About a 4 foot drop over a rock structure at Mineral Ave. and then 2 sets of boat chutes follow that a bit later. Some of the water inbetween the ramps in those chutes can get tricky so you ought to scout them before you run them. Pull out to the right above the first set to scout.

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Old 03-25-2005   #14
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Good advice

Thanks everyone for the responses. I think that I will try the Grizzly run of the Colorado by Glenwood Springs in a few weekends. It should be ice free and an "easy" run for a beginner (I hope). If anyone is interested let me know.
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Grizzly Creek to Glenwood is a lot better over 1500 CFS. I like it higher than that but you take what you get in the early season.

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