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Old 08-29-2009   #11
Summit, Colorado
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I've floated this section many times this year. As a matter of fact I did it last weekend at 950cfs. I run it in a 14 SB with a fishing frame. There are no problems or human made obstructions in the water. You can put in or take out at Spring Creek if you like, but why not put in at the damn though and run all the way down to trough road. The water is great, fishing is good, and the canyon is cool. Just plan for a whole day on the water. All of the diversion dams are straight forward and simple, just run them down the middle.

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Old 08-30-2009   #12
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good to hear it can be floated cleanly, i was making worst case assumptions with fence posts and barb wire being placed in unavoidable places. i am trying to plan a fish float on 9/12 or 9/13, this is the earliest i can get there over the next few weekends. i may be able to go a few times after that as well in late september and early october depending on what the flow does.

i am planning to lower my raft at the rez, and float all the way to trough road to make a full day of it. hope the fishing is good.

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Old 08-31-2009   #13
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Originally Posted by jimr View Post
I have floated this all year and have never encountered "metal/wire" anywhere in the lower blue. Square up and hit the diversion dams, they aren't a problem at all, done em backwards and sideways with ease. Make sure you get back to your shuttle in time the gate closes, or leave your car at the top of the dam
Don't leave your car at the *top* of the dam. It is still subject to towing there. The rule of thumb we've been advertising since a year or two after Sept. 11 is to give federal dams and power plants a 100 foot-perimeter. As long as you are 100-feet away, you should be fine. In fact, I think there is a pull-off to the side of the road at about the 100-foot marker.

Just a little security reminder...

Meanwhile, we scaled back our releases from the dam today. The Lower Blue is now at 950 cfs.

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Old 08-31-2009   #14
Fort Collins, Colorado
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as far as i know on the lower blue, kayakers are allowed to take out at spring creek, but not rafts. i'd just say do the whole thing, its 14 miles and we've cruised through in a 13 ft with fishing frame while fishing in 4 hours at a flow of 1600..about 7 hours at a flow of 650..I wouldn't do it in a raft at anything under 500, unless you plan on trespassing on the Jones water..the fishing is off the hook, there is one wave train in the canyon that could mess you up pretty good if you don't set yourself up off the wall.otherwise, set up well in the diversion dams and you'll be fine. they are easy, and a blast at a higher flow.
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Old 09-02-2009   #15
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The spring creek road access, is PUBLIC, not private. The landowners, with the help of the Sheriff have perpetuated the myth that this is a take-out only. That's pure B.S. That said, I can't imagine why anyone would want to put in there and deprive themselves of the scenery and fishing in the canyon. As for trespassing issues on the lower river: It's YOUR river (at least between the high water marks) and there's not one iota of state or federal law that would support a tresspassing charge if you were to get out, touch a rock etc... between the high water marks. Know the law, know your rights as a boater, and protect them at all costs. And since I'm fairly sure someone's gonna bring up the Emmert decision or the AG's opinion - Bot deal with wading fisherman on a NON-NAVIGABLE RIVER, and have no bearing whatsoever on navigable (in law) rivers, which the lower Blue is. I've had 9 tresspassing tickets in the last decade, no convictions, no confiscated gear, and not one dime spent on legal defense.
Here's all the info you'll ever need and then some. Print it off and keep a copy in a ziplock bag, in the boat whenever you float. National Rivers: Colorado River Law, on river conservation, river access, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing, and Colorado river ownership.

I don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, but suffice it to say there's some interesting stuff going on in the courts right now that will have a drastic (positive) impact on private ownership/access issues in the very near future. I'll be sure to keep you posted

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