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Old 06-04-2011   #1
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Concerns with Grizzly to New Castle!!!

Hoping to take the family down some medium whitewater and think the Grizzly to New Castle run might be just the ticket in my 16' SB raft.
If anyone has some beta on this at high flow, I'd appreciate it.

Note: I'm a well season boater with many runs through Browns, Upper C yada yada yada


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Old 06-05-2011   #2
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If you're an experienced boater you should be fine. There will be some big holes at this level but you can avoid them easily enough.


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Old 06-05-2011   #3
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Your biggest problem will be getting to Grizzly due to the road construction! The Glenwood wave has some fun action on the right side for rafters and you can run Dinosaur at this level.
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Old 06-05-2011   #4
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Make sure you are angled to pull left away from the bridge pylons at South Canyon, just a heads up. Enjoy the great flows!
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Old 06-05-2011   #5
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glenwood kayak park

the kayak park in west glenwood was real big as of two days ago. I'd look into that as a possible hurdle.
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Old 06-05-2011   #6
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At some level C-DOT is going to close the Grizzly exit. Till then you may have to go eastbound all through the canyon to get back westbound and exit Grizzly. Fun fast moving river from Grizzly into GWood. Lots of room to miss the play wave on either side though kayakers are usually queued up river left. There is a fun raft line dead center right now, though being off to either side will result in involuntary surf sessions. The bridge below south canyon (railroad) will start to get weird soon. Scout it from I-70.
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Old 06-05-2011   #7
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Kinda hard to see that raft line in play wave until you are on the ledge. Surfing a 16' cat is pretty fun though!

Why do you think CDOT will close Grizzly?
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Old 06-05-2011   #8
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access to grizzly is still limited to the commercial companies only. If you launch @ Two Rivers Park in Glenwood, ditto on bridge pilings; just face-um and pull away. There is a raft slot on the far side of the wave park, close to the bank; very easy. The south canyon piling is significant now, but again, after entering the tongue, face and pull left. Then the railroad piling a mile and a half or so later, take the right side. At dinosaur hole right is easiest. Start your moves early as it is very fast and powerful right now. We rafted the Roaring Fork today, Carbondale to GW-Two Rivers in two hours. Enjoy.
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Old 06-06-2011   #9
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There was a flip today in Maintenance Shack rapid; it's the big hole about 1-2 miles below Grizzly put-in. It's easily avoidable; I like to take a piece of it to the river right. The play wave in Glenwood is easy to the far right or far left. South Canyon was washed out, but magnetic pilons are worth watching out for. Dinosaur was wicked yesterday. Can get a great piece of that to the right, as well. Take out at Tibbetts (the truck parking off i70) was pretty hard to get into, but do-able. I would just do the boat ramp in New Castle.
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Old 06-06-2011   #10
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If you're looking for mellow white water for a day with your family then you should really consider doing the Roaring Fork from Carbondale to Two Rivers park in Glenwood instead of the Colorado. The scenery is better and there is more wildlife and birds to see along this stretch. At over 6000cfs there will be a few holes you should watch out for along the way, but you will be able to avoid them as long as you keep a good look out. Cemetery rapid, just before you enter Glenwood, will be close to a class 3 rapid, but is also not hard to navigate without ever having been through it before.

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