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Old 09-30-2012   #11
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Guadalupe River Texas...a few tubers though
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Old 09-30-2012   #12
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This article on the 13 best paddling towns in the US was in Paddler mag a while back:

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Old 09-30-2012   #13
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didn't realize this was about raftin - my answers are more kayak based. I think somewhere around the new and gauley rivers in WV might be the rafting capital of the us.
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Old 09-30-2012   #14
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Casper Wyoming is the Mecca
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pretty sure I read somewhere that asheville has more class V runs within 2 hours drive than anywhere else in the country. Plus Beer City USA 3 years in a row
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Old 10-01-2012   #16
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You did ask for "rafting capital"....and it kinda depends on what you like to run....but....

I'm a Colorado native and grew up on the rivers...30+ years....spent some time in the south as well.

Idaho takes the cake for rafting!!! There is somewhere near 3300 miles of navigable river...the next closest state (California, I believe) is around 2200.

Take Boise and draw a 6 hour radius...that takes us from Jackson to Hood River. Kayaking is a whole different thread....Hood and Ashville make a strong case.

Other than that....Idaho really sucks....its not worth it....nothing to see here.
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Old 10-01-2012   #17
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Nevada City probably has the most class V within a 2 hour drive.
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Banks/Boise gets my vote. But I'm local. And not a kayaker.
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Old 10-01-2012   #19
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For the kayakers, Hood River is hard to beat. There are easily two dozen top notch Class IV-V runs within a two hour drive. If you need access to a large airport for work, living on the east side of Portland doesn't add much to your river travel times.
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