Originally Posted by pasta
I'm thinking of going down Pumphouse to state bridge next week, With a new boater. I've been to the bridge before but not past it. How far can we float without going past burns? Where should we take out? Is Rodeo rapid really a big deal?
Any help would be appreciated, Thanx
Burns is a pretty long ways past State Bridge (it looks like about 18-19 river miles on the map) with pleanty of flat water.
You could definately do a good day trip from State Bridge to Catamount. It is mostly class one with a couple of small class II riffles and waves here and there, but it is really quiet, and maybe some good fishing.
Below Catamount, the river goes into sort of a canyon away from the road for a while before coming back as you get closer to Burns.
The Burns rapid is really short, pretty rocky, and the main flow points into a hole. It is really easy to scout and/or portage, and will be fairly obvious when you come up to it as there is lots of flat water before and after. It might get bigger at higher water, but should be pretty straight forward. I've never boated there, but have driven by a few times, so that's all I can say about that. You can see it from the road if you run a shuttle, too.
Overall, the lower section is sort of like Rancho to State Bridge, but with maybe more flat water, but it is a nice stretch with camping, fishing, a few small waves here and there.
I've also kayaked down near Dotsero, and it is also very similar, flat water, some small waves here and there, pretty nice scenery, some camping, etc. The whole thing is boatable, so there are lots of options.
I posted the BLM guide on my website because I have trouble finding it, and it is public info. This is a great resource for the Upper C for camping and river info, and some maps. Click here: http://www.managed-data.com/UpperC.pdf