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Old 06-25-2013   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Filter Plant

I am sorry because I am sure this question has been asked to death but I was unable to find a good answer. I have been out on filter plant over the last month or so and had a blast. Sunday I floated it and it was about 3.4 on the rock gage. I run a 13ft tributary with oars. I was told that you can raft it down to 2.5 ft but I was up there today and the rock is at about 3.25 and man, it looks thin in many places.

Is the Rock really the only way to guage the level? I found some other sites that show the CFS and a few that mention you can go down to 250 CFS. For those that have actual experience what is the real deal? If I take out the raft at 3' or lower is it just going to be a full trip of scrapping bottom?

If there is a better way to get the water level report I would love to know it.


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Old 06-25-2013   #2
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The Rock Report isn't always reliable for Filter Plant since the flow on that section depends greatly on how much water is being taken out at the Greeley and Fort Collins diversions. I've had better luck using the flow at the mouth of the canyon. 250 is doable but will be scrapey for a raft in my experience - fine for kayaking but not as much for rafting at that low level.
If the summer rains start soon and wash some muck into the river they may slow or stop diverting - and that could extend the season on Filter Plant.

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Old 06-25-2013   #3
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Thanks for the response. I just quickly looked up the flows at the mouth of the canyon and it shows 789cfs and 3.79ft. You took a raft down it at 250cfs? That sounds crazy. Going off the look of the river now at 789 it looks like you would have to pick and roll the entire way down to dodge rocks. I can not even believe what that would be like at 250cfs.

I know it will just take some personal experience to decide the low water cut off for me personally but what do others think? At what level do you stay away when it involves a raft?
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Old 06-25-2013   #4
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Depends on how hard you're willing to work. ~790 cfs is actually a TON of water, relatively speaking. there are a few rocks to miss, but really it's not bad - particularly on Filter Plant. prime fishing level, in fact.

i've also run it down to 2.0 or so feet on the rock. perfectly doable.
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