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Old 08-03-2009   #1
Evergreen, Colorado
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Questions about South Canyon Rapid

My wife and I are thinking about floating the Colorado from Two Rivers Park to Dino Hole take out (Tibbetts landing?) in a 13 ft cat on Sunday. I've never done this run before and I'm unsure about South Canyon Rapid.

Is South Canyon Rapid the same as South Canyon "Wave"?

I'm a fairly solid class III boater, and I'm just curious if this rapid is something to be concerned about or not? Anything else down there to be concerned about?

Any beta would be appreciated..thanks.

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Old 08-03-2009   #2
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Nothing to worry about. It you launch from 2 rivers be aware of the playpark 2 miles down stream (you can scout from the road doing your shuttle) but South Canyon Rapid at these flows is nothing to worry about. It should only take about 2-2.5 hours to float that stretch so you might want to think about putting in at Grizzly Creek or Iron Bridge and that would give you a full day of floating. At these levels Dino. rock was just under water, not a hole by any means but a very large sleeper. It should be a great float enjoy.

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Old 08-03-2009   #3
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Thanks for the info. We're heading home on Sunday afternoon so a short float would be in order.
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Old 08-03-2009   #4
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The current in South Canyon goes straight into a bridge abutment. All you need to do is be aware of this and it is easily avoidable. Youll know it when you get there, it is the only rapid below GWS and Dino with any real waves.
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Old 08-03-2009   #5
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I did it yesterday and at this level it is still pretty fun. Its a straight wave train. The bridge pillar, right now, is barely in the water. At higher levels the current gets more pushy towards the abutment.

The play wave in glenwood is also pretty easy at this level. beware of the concrete blocks that are just right of river center on the playwave.

Also dinasour is a huge rock at this level and is easily avoidable as you will want to be river right anyway for the take-out. It is a big nasty hole at mid levels and a fun big wave when it's real high. Nothing on it is tougher than shoshone.
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