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Old 06-30-2011   #1
Carbondale, Colorado
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Woody Creek to Carbondale ...Bridge clearance

Anyone run Woody Creek down to Carbondale recently? I am considering running it this weekend, and stopped to look at bridge clearances on the way home. Now granted we did have good rain shower today so maybe things are higher. The gauge at Emma is reading 4760. But the Midland Ave bridge in Basalt is looking pretty tight. I realize that the gap gets bigger the more river left you get, but I can't see a raft fitting through there at this level. Anyone run it lately? Is my sense of scale off and you can get through no problem? Would love to hear your experience/advice.

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Old 06-30-2011   #2
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I went from Fisherman's Park in Basalt to Carbondale two weeks ago. The levels were a little lower then. We decided not to attempt going under the Hwy. 82 bridge which looked like you would need to commit to a channel and then duck, but I sit up pretty high.

From the put-in to Carbondale, I needed to get off my seat three times. All before El Jebel. The lowest bridge is at Hook's Lane and it looks even lower as you approach the diversion dam before it where you drop 18", or so. I think it will all still be good to go from Fisherman's Park down.

We might go back up Sunday or Monday to do the Toothache section.
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