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Old 06-17-2013   #1
Dallas, Texas
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Wet Suits needed ? Lower Animas in mid July

Hey guys

I will be taking my wife, kids 5 and 7, and me, on a rafting trip on the Lower Animas in mid-July, Durango CO.

Does anyone know if wet suits will be needed ?

Thank You

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Old 06-17-2013   #2
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Not needed. You might need to get out and push though. USGS Current Conditions for USGS 09361500 ANIMAS RIVER AT DURANGO, CO

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Old 06-17-2013   #3
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I took my kids down Saturday with no wetsuits. I can almost promise you there will be hardly any water on the Lower Animas in mid-July this year. Think 250 cfs which isn't too fun in a raft.
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Old 06-17-2013   #4
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regarding the water level....lets keep our fingers crossed. what is the ideal min level ?

Keep the comments/info coming

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Old 06-17-2013   #5
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There is alot more to do in Durango, because there will definitely be a shortage of water again. If you have your heart set on rafting then you'll need to travel 4 hrs. up north to Glenwood Springs and get wet on the Colorado. It's called the "shoshone run" just east of Glenwood Springs. Good-luck!
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Old 06-17-2013   #6
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If you go into it knowing it will be a low water calm rock bumping float then you will have a good time. The rafting company will tell you they highly recommend a wetsuit because the water is cold, but it is just a way to make a little more money. You will be very unhappy if you rent one.
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Old 06-17-2013   #7
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July Lower Animas

The biggest obstacles for you on the lower Animas will be the tubers. They get mighty swarmy in July!

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Old 06-17-2013   #8
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Thanks guys. We are going during a weekday, maybe that will reduce the crowds somewhat (maybe not!). This trip is for the kids, age 5 and 7, I am pretty sure they will find it "cool" to do the trip even if low water level. At least I hope....

thanks again

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