Go Back   Mountain Buzz > Whitewater Boating > River Access & Safety Alerts!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-07-2011   #1
Outdoor Recreation
 
Silt, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 34
Hazards on the Upper Colorado River between State Bridge and Dotsero

Due to current high water conditions, there are the following hazards on the Upper Colorado River between State Bridge and Dotsero:

- Bridge at Bond (between State Bridge and Catamount): Impassable. No water clearance.
- Twin Bridges (south of Pinball): Water clearance is less than 2 feet.
- Dotsero Bridge: Water Clearance is less than 1 foot.

This is effective 3 pm., Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Other bridge clearances may be hazardous and should be approached with extreme caution!

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office. For more information, please call (970) 876-9000.
__________________

BLM_CRVFO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2011   #2
 
Edwards, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 139
Thanks for the info.

For reference for any future thread searches the Kremmling gauge is currently reading 8960 cfs and the Piney is reading 927 cfs. I believe those are the two relevant gauges for that stretch.

Going to be interesting to see how high it goes.
__________________

SBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2011   #3
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 18
I (we) were planning on a weekend Pump-Dot trip, can the bridges be lined or portaged? I'm not quite sure of legitimate public access around bridges/roads/railroads. Thanks for any info-DREP
daver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011   #4
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 113
If the Dotsero bridge is the one to the north of I-70 as the Colorado meets with the Eagle, that is freaking huge. Maybe 2-3 more feet and you could go around the span.

Either way, that stuff warrants a scout of bridges before running.
sbratt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011   #5
 
Kremmling, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 44
Bridge below Bond impassable and no portage possible!

note: post written while river is at 8980 cfs... believe this is also true at 8500 cfs.

Today it was confirmed that the second bridge below Bond is a private bridge surrounded by private property and the land owner is not allowing boaters to portage. Therefore, it is recommended that you not float below State Bridge unless you have permission from private land owners to take out at Bond. We do not know who they are, so please don't call us. But if you see someone else going down the river, it does not mean you should do it. They may have permission that you don't have.

The bridges below Catamount (Twin Bridges and the bridge at Dotsero) are also incredibly high and have very little water clearance (1-2 feet) to pass under them. CO State Parks has been notified. For your own safety, I recommend making plans to float other stretches of the river or other rivers.

As for campgrounds from Pumphouse to State Bridge, our more developed sites are not under water and there are good dispersed sites higher on the banks. Obviously, dispersed sites on the river's edge are underwater. Please, if you see picnic tables in the water or in danger of being in the water, please move them to higher ground so they are there next time you float.
__________________
Teri Parvin
Rec Asst, BLM Kremmling
tparvin at blm.gov
Teri_at_BLM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011   #6
 
Highlands Ranch, CO Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 482
Great info thanks for keeping us informed Terri.
stinginrivers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011   #7
 
Andy H.'s Avatar
 
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,891
Bump - anyone have any info on whether the low bridge below Bond is passable at 7,500 cfs?

Thanks!

-AH
__________________
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
Andy H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011   #8
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 18
Allthough we didn't see the bridge up close in person, from Hwy 131 it looked like there was plenty of clearance this last weekend at Approx 8500 cfs. With a reasonable load on a raft, and not too high of a chair (careful with that DRE highback chair), it shouldn't be an issue unless there is a cable or somethindg else that can't be seen from the road; perhaps a binocular scout? All of the other bridges down to Cottonwood take out were not an issue but I would highly recommend a scout at Twin Bridges- we ran very far right against the bank-plenty of headroom. The center line also goes but is quite intimidating as any mistake would be disasterous. Hope this helps. DREP
daver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011   #9
 
rafterswhite's Avatar
 
HSS, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1989
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 53
7500 is the magic number I think. I know a paddle boat is good at 7500, but an oar frame better be pretty low profile. Any less and you should be good.
rafterswhite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011   #10
 
Littleton, Colorado
Paddling Since: 95
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teri_at_BLM View Post
note: post written while river is at 8980 cfs... believe this is also true at 8500 cfs.

Today it was confirmed that the second bridge below Bond is a private bridge surrounded by private property and the land owner is not allowing boaters to portage. Therefore, it is recommended that you not float below State Bridge unless you have permission from private land owners to take out at Bond. We do not know who they are, so please don't call us. But if you see someone else going down the river, it does not mean you should do it. They may have permission that you don't have.

The bridges below Catamount (Twin Bridges and the bridge at Dotsero) are also incredibly high and have very little water clearance (1-2 feet) to pass under them. CO State Parks has been notified. For your own safety, I recommend making plans to float other stretches of the river or other rivers.

As for campgrounds from Pumphouse to State Bridge, our more developed sites are not under water and there are good dispersed sites higher on the banks. Obviously, dispersed sites on the river's edge are underwater. Please, if you see picnic tables in the water or in danger of being in the water, please move them to higher ground so they are there next time you float.


So, the Colorado is certainly defined as a navigable river through the stretch below Pumphouse if not quite a bit higher in the drainage. Federal law provides the right to portage around private dangerous obstructions, like low bridges... National Rivers: Colorado River Law, on river conservation, river access, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing, and Colorado river ownership. ...so shouldn't we have a Federally protected legal right to portage around this private bridge on private property if the bridge is a hazard to legal navigation??? Yes, I know this is a very muddy issue (pun intended) in our state, but this seems like a perfect opportunity to clarify the law, and is similar to the issues discussed on the Taylor....Hmmmm.

Spade Hackle
__________________

Spade Hackle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Tags
colorado river, lyons creek clinic

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Colorado River State Bridge to Dotsero stew Whitewater Kayaking 7 07-27-2011 03:05 PM
State Bridge to Dotsero foulhooked1 Whitewater Kayaking 16 07-21-2010 05:46 PM
State Bridge to Dotsero nicho Whitewater Kayaking 6 07-12-2009 02:30 PM
beta: state bridge to dotsero? emptypockets Whitewater Kayaking 14 05-13-2009 01:05 PM
Dangerous Pipe Bridge Down In Colorado River GCK River Access & Safety Alerts! 0 05-04-2007 04:51 PM

» Classified Ads
Canoe cradle / cart,...

posted by bcline

Canoe/kayak rolling cradle / cart for hand-hauling a canoe...

FlatBed Tilt Trailer

posted by trmmcc

Flatbed Tilt Trailer. 12' x 6' surface area (plus 6' neck)....

**Retirement Sale** Rogue...

posted by One Chump Pump

I'm helping to post this ad for a elderly gentleman who do...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.