Originally Posted by Solid
Is the wave you guys are talking about the dam that has a drop on the left side and a big wave on the right?
As you begin to enter town, there are signs that warn of a dam and the last sign on the left warns to stay within 23 feet of the left bank. If you go farther out, you miss the boat chute and get sucked over the low-head dam and that would be very very bad.
The boat chute is a double drop chute. At 3500 cfs, the upper wave looks like some of the ugly holes you were avoiding in the Gorge and a river-left line is best to avoid it. THe water is moving slow enough that you can see it all unfolding as you drift toward it. It is super retentive and a wonderful pile for spinning at 3000 and lower, but at 3500 and up, good luck getting out.
The 2nd drop is the famous Canon City Wave. It's a standing wave that has a very good eddy on river left but can also be accessed to the right of the wave in the eddy that forms in the middle of the river behind the wall of rocks that separate the dam and the boat chute. You do have to work to catch the mid-river eddy as you fall off your surf. It is possible at all levels if your arms are not mush yet.
Now we have 2 waves at the new whitewater park at Centennial Park. After you leave the Canon City Wave you soon find your self at the upper wave of the park just downstream of the walk-bridge but not quite under the 4th stream bridge. Eddy service was difficult at 3500 cfs. But doable if you are on the ball.
The 2nd wave is a bit farther down stream, just upsteam of the next walk-bridge. Eddy service at 3500 is no-existant no matter how good you are.
Both of these waves are fun, and I will be spending time there after each of my Gorge runs, but like any play park, nothing can compare to the natural features in the Royal Gorge, IMO.