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Old 07-21-2011   #1
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What is a good level for the Chatfield "wave?"

I live very close to Chatfield, and have passed by this a few times, and heard mention of it. I found an old thread, that I'm sure no one here wants me to necromance on up... Anyone hit Chatfield? What's a good level to see this at? The attached pic is from yesterday, 7/20/11 @ 361cfs.

Any help would appreciated, as this would a) give me an easy gauge to watch and if up b) easy and quick place to practice.


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Old 07-21-2011   #2
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A few years ago Chatfield was released a big range of flows from 500 to 2k cfs. During that period, Union was tits, Tressle was awesome, but as I recall, Chatfield underwhelmed. However, I think there was construction which made parking difficult at that time, so not many boaters visited it. I looked at it one time at high flow and decided it didn't look worth it.

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Old 07-21-2011   #3
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Ditto what Dan said. I drove by at around 1800-2000 (rare high flow) and the wave looked pretty flat and not that exciting. I suspect that it might have been a good wave back in the days of long fast boats. With today's boats, I think the chatfield wave is likely to be sub par when compared to union and confluence at probably all flows.
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Old 07-21-2011   #4
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Fair enough. Thanks guys. I ride by Union every morning.... Looks like 400+ would work for Hollywood and what not.
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Old 07-21-2011   #5
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I disagree with deepsouth and Dan. I surfed the wave a few years ago when it was in the 1200 to 2000 range and thought it was still a lot of fun...and nobody was usually out (unlike back in the day when everyone was out when it was on).

When it is on it is a riverwide wave/hole that is probably no good for most of the more modern tricks but is fun for old fashioned surfing and spinning.
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