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Old 08-29-2011   #1
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Upper C Camp Sites

I know this has been discussed before (direct me to a previous thread if needed) but thinking of floating Radium to Catamount this weekend. Putting on early Saturday morning and hopefully ahead of the masses. I got the BLM Recreation River Guide, the early 90's edition, but wondering if anybody have good beta on the campsites and hiking below State Bridge. Planning on doing two nights and three days. Planning on taking out at Catamount, need to be back Monday to GJ by 4 for a flight. Is takeout at Catamount be too short or long for two nights??? I don't believe there are any bridge hazards now that river level is low. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-29-2011   #2
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I've only floated that stretch once, so I'm not the best source, but good camps are not abundant. Plan to find creative sites.


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I've only floated that stretch once, so I'm not the best source, but good camps are not abundant. Plan to find creative sites.
So you say camp as you may then as long it is on public land? I guess a guy has to follow that BLM Colorado River Recreation Guide pretty careful on the river miles to tell where the heck you are. Thanks
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Old 08-29-2011   #4
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There's an excellent sand bar camp on river left below state bridge past windy point, perfect for horseshoes and swimming. There's one that looked nice a few miles up from catamount on river left, you can see it from the road when you're doing the shuttle, can't remember the name but it's in the cedar trees.
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You really need to keep a sharp eye out for possible legal camps. Some areas are quite small. Get the BLM guide. If you see an area that is not posted and there is a trail leading up from the river you need to land real quick. Most of the sites will be river left until catamount.
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Old 08-30-2011   #6
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Just got off of running this stretch. Below Windy Point, camping is sparce and the private land can be tough to differentiate. I would try camping at Island or Cable one night and then Twin Pines or Windy the second.

Last year when I did this stretch on a weekend, everything below Windy Point was taken until Juniper Glen. We landed in the dark.

Like others have said get the BLM guide and be ready to camp at any available site.
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Old 08-30-2011   #7
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The BLM only has one developed site between State Bridge and Catamount, and that is Windy Point right below State Bridge. That has around 4 sites available. Anything else is dispersed camping, and those only a party or two at most. The Upper CO River Rec Guide shows you where people have traditionally dispersed camped in the past, and most of those sites have fire rings to help you know that you are in the correct place. As long as you are a private boater, you can camp anywhere you can find a space between State Bridge and Catamount.

Last year, the BLM posted Entering/Leaving Public Lands signs along the river corridor in that stretch. Look for these signs as you float down to help you locate if you are on private or public land.

Have a safe and fun trip!

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Old 08-31-2011   #8
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Thanks for the info everybody. There is only four of us, one boat, so small camp sites will work.

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