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Old 06-13-2011   #1
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suggestions for 3 days of class 3?

looking to do a three day float with an even spread across the trip of around class 3 water. Would like to have some stretches of calmer water as well to get in some relaxed fishing if possible. This looks like a place where people might have some good ideas for me? Thanks

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july 1st through the 4th...
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everything is running high so you will need to be a good fisherman. Also, when the water runs this high a 2 day trip will be done in a few hours unless you do really short days. so you want to concider longer streches.

stone bridge to the royal gorge put in could take 2 days. III-III+ with the flatter water at the begining

The colorado from pumphouse or state bridge to burns could take 3 days.

I dont know about colorado river futher west but there are good options in utah and also the rivers might still be flowing down south on the san juan or taos area, you can go for miles down there. up in wyoming on the green or north plate.

I also think there is a multi day float on the White river? check sandbaggers of the southern rockys, there are a few unpermitted listed in there as well

consider many long day trips and you can cover a lot of rivers, i am not the multi day guy sorry.
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thanks bobuilds. i've done pumphouse to statebridge several times. what is the section like between statebridge and burns? unfamiliar with that area...
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Colorado River, Pumphouse to Dotsero or Blair Ranch in Glenwood Canyon is over 60 miles, nice camps, ok fishing with easy class IIIs. Burns Rodeo Hole aka Landslide Rapid is the crux of the run. (roadside)

Gunnison River, Escalante put-in to Colorado River, Horsethief & Ruby Canyons, take-out Westwater Ranger Station.

Dolores River, Gateway, CO to Colorado River,optional take-outs include Dewey Bridge, Take-Out Beach, Potash. Stateline Rapid is a IV.
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Bridge Hazards below State Bridge

Just something to keep in mind- Unfortunately, below state bridge on the way to Burns and all the way down to Dotsero has several bridges that no longer have any clearance right now...Maybe by July 1st things will be better, but just make sure that you check with the BLM. Search the Safety and Access forum for the thread to get updates.

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