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Old 08-01-2007   #1
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Front Range paddling options

Heading down to the front range this weekend probably somewhere around Central City. Wondering if somebody might have some suggestions on some runs to paddle. I’m not too familiar with the area. Not sure what, if anything is still running.

Anything from III to IV+ would be nice.

Also any suggestions on camping would also be welcomed.


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Old 08-01-2007   #2
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Clear Creek: Upper, Blackrock, and Lower all go down to 150 but its slow, technical boat-abuse. And of course the playpark. The real question is how desperate are you?


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Depends on how far you're willing to drive.
Royal Gorge is at a fun, easy level III-plus. Numbers is decent, IV-minus. Pine Creek is IV-plus to V-minus.
Bailey is at a fun, introductory-type flow (Four Falls is IV-plus, Supermax V, Deer Creek V-minus)
Gore is at a low but runnable level, generally 4-plus except Gore Rapid and Tunnel.
Pueblo ww park is at a fairly fun level -- though that could change in an hour.
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The Front Range is pretty much toast. I would not personally recommend running anything on Clear Creek at this level other than low water surf session at Golden or Lawson. The most reasonable options with respect to distance from you will be Foxton, Waterton, or Bailey, with I think the latter being the best choice at current levels.
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I just got off of waterton this afternoon. It is at a great level, seemed higher then the 850 at the gage indicates. There must be a lot of water coming down deckers because foxton doesn't seem to have much.

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Old 08-01-2007   #6
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If you feel like driving north a bit, the Poudre is still running. It's at 2 ft.

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