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Old 06-30-2011   #1
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Some friends of mine are planning on putting their rec. kayaks in the river at C470. Any issues I should pass on to them. Low head dams or other obstacles? I'm not sure how far north they are planning to go. They normally just float lakes.

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Old 06-30-2011   #2
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There are some drop structures along the way, the water will probably be very swift and powerful compared to what they're accustomed to. Also, if they go to Union, they'll likely get chundered in the Union Chutes. If they continue to Confluence Park, the low head dam at the Zuni power plant could be fatal if not portaged. Things may get stinky below the Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall.

The scenery and wildlife along the reach between C-470 and Union are surprisingly pleasant for urban boating. I'm not familiar with the rest of the trip from Union to Confluence but have done fieldwork by the Zuni dam.


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There's a small chute structure about 1/2 mile downstream of C470, another slightly larger one just upstream of Mineral Ave, and two double drop chutes before Bowles. Depending on water levels and paddling skills people new to moving water might tip over in the bigger chutes. Especially if they are wearing skirts, they should consider helmets for those drops.
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Ummm you forgot Florida Ave, that can be wicked at lower levels and is a steep 15 foot slide drop with sharps rocks. Also, just past the fountain bridge where Denver & Water Sewer offices are, a triple slide drop that gets manky at the middle through to the bottom. Hope they like swimming and emptying water.
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