Originally Posted by climber-420
I think I may just head down to Salida, and get on the river down there. I haven't been on the water to float yet this year, and am just overly anxious to get out. Any recommendations as to put in's/takeout's and possible over night free camping? From the interwebs it looks like Wellsville Bridge for a put in just a few miles below Salida Downtown area, and take out Rincon? Then for camping there is some BLM land on the other side of the river?
Put in at Salida East. Free access, boat ramp, toilets and free camping. Wellsville Bridge has angler access, but no raft access. Float to Rincon....or do the next stretch down, Rincon to Valley Bridge. It gets less pressure. The other stretch to float fish below Salida is Trading Post to Texas Creek. The Ark was recently designated gold medal water and runoff has not started here yet. Crystal clear water. Probably the best fishing in the state right now.