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Old 05-20-2016   #1
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Filter Plant Run Safety for Kids

Does anyone know if it's safe to take two little ones on the filter plant run today? They are both six. Experienced rafters.

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Old 05-20-2016   #2
Steamboat, Colorado
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These are the questions we ask ourselves before we take our kids on the river:
Have we ever paddled this river?
Have we ever paddled this river at the current flows?
How many adults do we have?
How many kids do we have?
How many other boats are there?
How much experience do our kids have on the river? On any river?
If something happens, and they fall in, or we flip, do we have enough people for a quick recovery?
It's important to remember that kids don't have the same reaction to swims as adults do. They seem to be pretty shocked at first, and tend to get swept downstream a little faster because their reaction time is delayed. Is someone prepared to jump in and swim after them? If so, is someone else capable of staying with the other kids?

Runoff season is hard for parents. We want to get on the river as much as possible, and bring the kids with us, but it is so important to look at all the possibilities. Don't take your kids into a situation that is going to scare them away from the river.

And for feck's sake, people, make your kids wear a helmet!

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Old 05-20-2016   #3
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I can't say for the Poudre... but for us... having run the Yampa hundreds of times, we won't be taking our kids past the hot springs until either the water levels go way down, air temps go way up, or both. If air temps go way up, there's a chance we'll take the 10 and 8 year olds through the big rapids (with wetsuits), but definitely not the 5 year old.
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Old 05-20-2016   #4
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I would say it's personal choice rather than asking a message board, but I will be taking my 6 and 4 y.o. boys down it this weekend. They both started on filter when they were about 2.
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Old 05-20-2016   #5
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Soggy tortillas asks all the right questions. At this level, a little over 3 ft. it will be a fun ride if you are pretty confident of not going down a rapid sideways and avoiding the 1 hole. I took my kids down at those ages and younger plenty, but I also had kayaked it a ton of times beforehand. Good luck.
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Old 05-21-2016   #6
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It's got one class 3 moment... Otherwise it's class 2. It can have a lot of wood this time of year, and you take out right above a low head dam. I would run it once before you do it with kiddos. Many people safely take their kids all the time... But I wouldn't do it without R2ing or rowing it by yourself. It only takes 45 min.

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Old 05-21-2016   #7
Ft Collins, Colorado
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I run filter plant a lot with my kids 3 and 6 at most water levels, with that said soggy brings up a great point. You can scout the rapid from the road and the rest is really sraight foward. If you and your kids have experience and are comfortable in higher volume flows it is a good quick family section.
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Old 05-21-2016   #8
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Whether it's a rapid and a flip, or it's a clumsy kid falling out, the current is waay too powerful for a small kid to be able to swim in the current. If you have another adult who can pull in or can go after any kid who falls in, then you should be fine.

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