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Old 05-20-2005   #1
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Places to take newbies this weekend?

Hey, all-I'm taking my brother in law and a friend out this weekend. My brother in law has barely been in his boat and my friend has only been on moving water once. I was going to take them to run Filter Plant, but I'm thinking that 1000+ cfs is a little high for people who are so green. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Old 05-20-2005   #2
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I am a newbe myself. I have been on moving water a total of 5 times, and the last 3 times have been on the filter plant run. It was great! If your friends know the wet exit and have the basic strokes down they should have a great time. For something more mellow try the Lyons whitewater park. It's a great place to learn basic skills

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just take them on the lower half of filter plant. park by mad dog and put in just below it. 1000+ cfs isn't a big deal on the lower half of filter. if they do well on the bottom half and are looking for more adventure then do the entire run. although you might have your hands full if they both swim on you at the same time there are usually so many people running filter.
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Old 05-20-2005   #4
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We ran Filter Plant successfully last year at +1000 cfs with some fairly new paddlers but I think there were a few sections that were too hard. There were lots of swimmers (mostly from paddling classes) and gear, people, etc all over the river below the drops. Kind of daunting for newbies. What about Deckers (S Platte) taking out above the Chutes? I ran that last night and it was a piece of cake - perfect for teaching. Nothing scary at all, lots of eddies. And a beautiful canyon - not as crowded as the Poudre.
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Old 05-20-2005   #5
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Oh, and the Lyons town run that someone else suggested is a good one too. Your friends might want to check out the Colorado Kayakers Yahoo group - lots of Class II-III paddlers that plan trips, go to play parks, etc. Great learning environment
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Old 05-20-2005   #6
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You may want to consider the Upper Colorado above Dotsero. It'll be running about 3K this weekend and will have good Class II rapids with pools below them.

From Cottonwood Island to Dotsero has about 5 or 6 Class II rapids generally followed by quiet water. The launch and takeout are very easily accessed and its a good reach to hitch the shuttle. Most of the reach can be scouted from the road and anything that can't be scouted before launching isn't any more challanging than what you'll see. To get there take the Dotsero exit, you'll see the take out on the east side of the river. Go north up to Colorado River, pass Lyons Campground (launch there for a shorter run, campsites available) and continue to the Cottonwood Island launch site.

A 1991 BLM Upper Colorado Recreation Area guide has a "fishing access" and then the Burnt Tree Ridge Site a mile and a half and three miles below the Dotsero takeout, respectively. I've never boated below the Dotsero takeout though some of it may be scoutable from I-70

The guidebook has 11 topo coverages from the confluence of the Blue to 5 miles below the Eagle.


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Old 05-22-2005   #7
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personally, I don't like the Lyons WW park for very new boaters because there are too many bushes and trees on the banks in the section above the park, and you're going to chase gear through private land if they swim in the park. Some of the drops move pretty fast.

Filter Plant gives you more space and a wider river, more places to practice peelouts, ferrying etc., a more forgiving run overall. The suggestion to put in below Mad Dog is very good. We have also put in at the regular put-in and then just spent an hour or two working on skills at the first left-hand-turn rapid just downstream. Very good spot for ferrying and peelouts.
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Old 05-22-2005   #8
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I'd recommend the Black Canyon but only if their wet-exiting. If you need directions let me know.
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monkeyboy #1 go eat a banana ,and yes thats a euphemism,though you barely dignify a comment
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Old 05-24-2005   #10
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Deckers/Chutes is a good spot. Gorgeous, starts as class II-, goes to class III-. Road along the whole stretch.

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