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Old 10-15-2013   #11
Woodland Park, Colorado
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I'm planning on launch
Friday arouund noonm gotta 16 footer and a friendky. Dog. Takrlke outcsunda

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Old 10-16-2013   #12
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Originally Posted by T1112 View Post
how long does the season go on this float? Plenty of water this time of year?
It runs until it freezes. Ruby-Horsethief is completely flat, so the only difference you see at low water is a lack of current.

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Old 10-16-2013   #13
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Originally Posted by lmyers View Post
It runs until it freezes. Ruby-Horsethief is completely flat, so the only difference you see at low water is a lack of current.
Is there a good site to check water level/CFS? What is the ideal CFS range, low/high that makes the float good? I am guessing there must be a high water event that makes it sketchy and maybe a low point that is so low you barley move? Or am I way off. I have never been out there but want to check it out since it is a great option for bringing the kids.

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Old 10-16-2013   #14
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It looks like it's flowing at 4340 right now. My understanding is that's still runnable on this stretch. It'll be slow and flat, but pretty I'm sure. I've heard early morning start is ideal to beat the wind and afternoon weather. I'll be there Saturday morning to launch.
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Old 10-16-2013   #15
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Basically they have to run enough water down the river to keep the hydro electric plants along the way running. That amount is enough to float that section year around .......or up to the point of the river freezing and forming ice dams. Best info on what is going on is to check here on the Buzz or contact to BLM office over there. The BLM people do seem to watch and respond to questions here on the Buzz.

There are times in the spring when really high water will take out the camps and make some really wierd currents around and in the Black Rock area. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-16-2013   #16
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You are good to go. High flows do create some wierd swirlies but low flows are just an easy float. An early start is a good idea, plan on less than 3 mph. This weekend looks to be lovely with temps in the 60's and the cottonwoods glowing.
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Old 10-16-2013   #17
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I've run it down to the lowest flow i've seen it, which was around 1600 cfs. No problem, and I think it would be fine much lower than that. On the high side, i've run it up to 20K . As it gets higher I wear my PFD all the time instead of casual booze cruising, it gets swirly, and you have to pay attention to trees and other portable strainers in the river. Turns into a very quick trip at high water.
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Old 10-17-2013   #18
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Did a thanksgiving weekend solo trip one year on my 16' cat. Me and my dog. Made it to black rock the first day, was tough with low water.
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Old 10-17-2013   #19
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Ran it last weekend and had a great time, no wind, not that many sand bars and the water was moving at a nice speed

Have a great time

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