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Old 02-09-2007   #11
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My buddy and myself both put in for Lodore permits (at the last minute three weeks ago) and he already got his back that we're approved I haven't heard a thing yet, don't know if that means anything so we'll see.

Ok, now which campsites should we put preferences down for? We launch July 30.....thanks!

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Old 02-10-2007   #12
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Pretty much all the camps are nice until you get out into Island Park.

Night 1:
Wade & Curtis can hike downstream a bit and then up Winni's Grotto
Pot 1 & Pot 2 can hike up Pot Creek (no real destination)
Kolb is just a chill beach

Night 2:
Rip 1 & Rip 2 can hike up to the waterfall. The beach at 1 comes and goes, the beach at 2 is almost always large
Wild Mountain can hike up to an overlook perch behind camp
Limestone can hike to a phenomenal overlook and then continue to a cliff-side seep. Not much beach, but my favorite camp in the canyon

Night 3:
State Line isn't very exciting
Jones 1 & 4 are great, although 1 is hard to get to with only 800 cfs.
Jones 2 & 3 are much nicer at high water than low and are really on top of each other. They all have a great hike up the creek (petros & Butt Dam)
Compromise is a great sandbar camp, and you can hike at Jones and then float the last little bit just before dinner.
The Cove, Big Island, & Island Park are out of the canyons and tend to be buggier

Enjoy the trip!
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Old 02-10-2007   #13
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Green and Yampa

I have only done the Lodore section. I went in August this year at 886 cfs, the lowest flow that the can will release (so i was told). I took my 14 foot cat, heavily loaded. A few sections were 'rafting plinko' everything went well until you hit the first rock, then it was drag/pull/push. Not a big deal, rocks were smooth and not enough to water to fully wrap/flip except for Triplet (easily avioidable).

All in all a great trip, I would love to do it at high water, so would my passenger(less dragging/pulling). The camping is great; whitewater not bad. Only downside was the eagle eyed ranger, he seemed nice at put-in, not the case. He watched us run the first few rapids safely and perfectly, walked through our camp one morning(inventorying plants...), which he complemented how low impact we were.

The next day from was mostly flat water with a riffle, some passengers had been hitting the margaritas harder than others, well he made a big stink threatened BUIs to everyone (non drinkers included) and made the TL row one persons boat, because she had the nerve to call bullshit.

Now for a shameless plug, I have a May 22nd permit for desolation. I would love to trade some spots on it for a spot or two on someone's Yampa/Lodore trip around May 13-17th. That way it would be possible to run a continous trip, possibly to Hite?
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Old 02-11-2007   #14
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great info, really appreciate it, thanks guys!
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Scored me a Deso/Gray permit this morning. Swwweeeet. Lucky

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