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Old 08-29-2010   #1
gunnison, Colorado
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Gunny Gorge

Heading to the Gunny Gorge in two weeks. I heard there was some massive flooding that changed some parts of the river and campsites. Has anyone been there recently. I have floated the Gorge many times, but would like some recent beta.

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Old 08-30-2010   #2
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Here is a good account of it.

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Old 08-30-2010   #3
Denver, Colorado
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we floated the gorge July 24,5,6 2010..........didn't seem much different than previous years (it had been a long time since previous trip) all the campsites seemed "normal" I didn't see anything washed out.....I couldn't open the above link however.....give a call if you want to talk about our trip.....they had just lowered the flow to about 600cfs.....a little tight for my 14' hyside loaded with two big adults and two teenagers.....we cought fish, but not big ones until the last five miles out of the gorge....saw one large otter! Chet (720-271-5887)
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Old 08-30-2010   #4
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the link says that on august 19th flooding changed a bunch of campsites, trails, and a couple of rapids.
You deserve a good paddling!
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Old 08-30-2010   #5
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We put in on the 25th, arriving in Ute Park on the 26th. We did not notice any changes until just above cowboy camp on river left, a big new fan of rocks, boulders, wood, and mud. A quick hike up the hill behind Cowboy showed us a signifigant amount of silt on the river bottom in Ute Park.
Ute II looked useable, but the beach is worked. Caddis looked pretty bad.

We camped at Boulder Garden. The landing eddy is silted in and muddy. The kitchen and 3 or so tent sites survived, but its amazing how much debris came out of the big gulley there. The hike up the gulley is easier, and worth a look, to see where all that rock spilled over the cliff.
The rapid has laked out at the bottom. We took an easy line down the left side.

The new debris fan above Paddle Keeper is impressive. It ran all the way across the river, leaving a raft width channel on the left to enter the rapid. The rapid itself did not appear to have changed. T-Dyke also had a large new fan at the bottom, pinching down the river.

The changes are quite impressive. Many new debris fans and piles of rocks and wood. The wood did not present any strainer type problems. It would have been terrifying being down there while that was all coming down.
I suspect that things will continue to change if there is more heavy rain, or during the release next year. Also, i would have to think that the silted in bottom will hurt the fish population, but I would love to hear from the experts on that. The water color was fishable, but again, with rain it will quickly go off color.
It was an amazing display of the power of nature.
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