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Old 09-11-2013   #21
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Originally Posted by Aknoff View Post
It was great, that's a pretty stunning series of canyons. Unbelievably clear water and the fishing looked excellent (I'm not a fisherman myself, but you could see tons of fish and people said it was almost comically easy). We did find that cliff campsite after some wandering around, but had made such good time from our previous night's camp (Red Creek) that we decided to just keep going to the take-out. We'll be sure to stay there next time for sure.

Red Creek rapid was supremely easy given the number of times we were warned about it (BLM pamphlet, shuttle driver, signs on the river). At low flows (~1100 CFS) the left side was pretty much the only line, though the right side along the cliff looked fun, except for the nasty pour-over at the bottom. Definitely a worthwhile trip, and definitely worth it to do all three sections: Section A was gorgeous but a bit of a zoo, Section B had great camping, and Section C was worth it just for the cliff campsite and Swallow Canyon.
Thanks for the report. Red Creek looks easy on YouTube, but always good to get a first hand report.

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Old 09-12-2013   #22
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Cool. Glad you had a good time.Yeah, red creek is pretty anti-climatic. I did try to take the right line once and almost made it through ok but then caught the very front of my raft on a rock that spun me 180 degrees and threw the boat against the cliff. My oar was bent in a manner that I'd never seen before or since and how it didn't snap, I have no idea. It was kind of scary with a raft loaded with camping gear, beer, 2 guys and a dog, but no harm done. It's a pretty great float. I've seen moose, elk, multiple otters, grouse, chukars, lots of raptors and waterfowl and also lots of trout on that float. I even saw a wolf from a long ways off the last time we were driving back. It's a good semi-wilderness experience back there. I'm going next week. Was red creek discoloring the river at all?

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Originally Posted by ENDOMADNESS View Post
I would not miss Section A. The scenery, canyon, Dam, aquarium (crystal clear and amount of fish) is way worth it. Yeah there are alot of dory's that take themselves way to seriously (the "hezbollah" tribe. They all wear polypro buffs covering their heads/necks and cotton gloves....just put on suncreen you ass clowns)

The other sections are very nice but pretty standard canyons (excluding the short section of swallow - vertical redrock).

Attached you will find all you need to know about the shelf camp and that area
The people wearing buffs/gloves (myself included) choose to wear the best protection available rather than risk skin cancer. Most fishermen spend many more days a year on the water than rafters. Between rafting and fishing I spend 8 to 10 weeks a year on the water and am one of the clowns.
After school starts the A section is not very crowded, has a herd of mtn. goats (sometimes), river otter and no asses (jack/smart/clown). is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2013   #24
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After school starts the A section is not very crowded, has a herd of mtn. goats (sometimes), river otter and no asses (jack/smart/clown).
So the dory guys are gone, nice, be warend I saw some there last year about this time.
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Old 09-25-2013   #25
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Dory guys are very definitely NOT gone- Still lots on the A section- several on the B. I was there last Weds, Thurs, Fri- Lots of folks fishing- although the super bright skies had things a little slower than I'd have liked. Red creek was discoloring the river (Thurs) but it seemed to be easing as I drove out through Browns Park on friday. I actually found the fishing above Red Creek on the B section to be better than the A- Less pressure I suppose.

Red Creek entering the main river....


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