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Old 05-24-2014   #31
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Originally Posted by cadster View Post
Shelly's seems easier, but with more character.
Where did you put in to run shelleys?
I usually consider that run to start at the takeout of proving grounds
I haven't been able to drive up that far.

I paddled down to the October hole area from apple valley

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Old 05-25-2014   #32
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About a mile up CR-80 where the road leaves the river. Didn't paddle the first drop because there's a branch most of the way across the bottom.

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Old 05-25-2014   #33
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We ran it yesterday and there are several spots where they built drops with blast rock that will rip your boat to shit. If you run this and hit rocks do yourself a favor and don't look at the bottom of your boat after your done. It was fun and I would do it again. But be warned the rocks on there are in no way natural. It will only get better with water but I would not want to run it lower due to the fact the natural river bed has been scoured and filled with blast rock.
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Old 05-25-2014   #34
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My boat's been down too many Front Range creeks at lower flows. Can't tell new scratches from old.
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Old 05-26-2014   #35
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you should see the bottom of my boat. Much better today with 350 or so comming down. wicked fun, and wayyy less rocks.

Me likey the new shellys when it has water....
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Old 05-27-2014   #36
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I like the changes in both Shelly's and Apple down. At 250 it was runnable, but wouldn't go boofing every rock. At 400 yesterday, it was way fun.

I would upgrade the first couple rapids rating III+/IV- above Shelly's and downgrade shelly's rapid to a III, still a big drop and right lateral, but you can run it right down the Middle. There were some fun new wave trains and rapids. The pinch rapid were you used to come around the left turn and go tight left with big rocks in the middle has changed, the big rock in the middle must of moved and it is much easier to go middle between the big rocks.
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Old 05-27-2014   #37
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I really like AV now. It used to be pretty boring, but it's got some fun new drops now.
I hate what they did 100 yds down from the BB Hole. I hope it doesn't kill anyone.
I haven't driven up CR-80. What is the old "Rock Garden" like now?
Also, has anyone looked at the Proving Grounds?
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>>I hate what they did 100 yds down from the BB Hole.

What is that? Btw is it still possible to put in at meadow park? If not where is best access close by upstream of park?
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It's a temporary diversion dam/pile of broken concrete.

Meadow Park is closed.
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Old 05-28-2014   #40
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NSV Upper takeout road

Anyone know if the road to the takeout of NSV that flows into the reservoir is open? A few website seem to suggest that area is closed. Would be sad to shorten that run with a hike out.

Button Rock Reserve, Water Utilities, PWNR, City of Longmont, CO

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