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Old 04-14-2006   #11
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2003
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South Fork sucks!

I gotta put my two cents in on this because the south fork is hands down the worst river I've ever been down. I did it last year at a low flow - just over 1' on the SF gauge. There are at least 10 portages around downed trees. The whitewater is crap - I suppose it could get to IV+ at raging high water, but it would still only be 3 miles in the middle of a 15 mile run. We stopped at a three foot boof to go back and run it again because it was the only thing in there. The scenery is OK, but nothing spectacular, nothing you couldn't find on a river that is actually worth running. Anyways, this thing only runs when everything else is pumping, so I'd recommend you do something enjoyable instead.

Joel B

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Old 04-14-2006   #12
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Oh snap! My comments abover were actually referring to the NF poudre .. not the SF .. I got the two of them confused. I paddled the SF in like 97 & never went back. It's pretty junky.

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Old 04-21-2006   #13
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For anyone thinking about runnin the lower N. Fork of the Poudre this year: I was up there yesterday hiking around with the dog, enjoyin the holiday.... There is a nasty new barbwire fence strung out by some brilliant rancher. It comes on a somewhat sharp bend in the river and will probably be hard to notice when the water goes up. It doesn't look like it's in a swift water area but it could definitely sneak up on ya.

I think this is now the first fence you will portage. The other 3 all come up within about a 1/4mile of each other. They're not difficult but this new first fence will need your attention.

Portage on the right. Cut it right down the middle......What, who said that?
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Old 04-22-2006   #14
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still nothing

Was bored today and went up the canyon, its a solid .35 maybe .37 during the surge.

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