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Old 07-14-2013   #11
Wondervu, CO, Colorado
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Flaming Gorge Lodge will rent flat bed trailers, they also used to provide a 'trailer shuttle' to get rigged boats to the put-in.

The put-in at the dam is very busy in the mornings. Between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 while the commercial guides are launching they want boats on and off the ramp in about 3 minutes. Seriously. The ramp is 4 lanes and there is barely enough room to manuver a U turn, so NO PARKING at the ramp. They usualy post a ranger down there to direct traffic.

There is pull out area a few hundred feet above the ramp for prepping boats and getting ready to launch. The idea is to have everything ready to launch BEFORE you make the drive down to the dam. The pro's can launch a boat and drive off the ramp in well under 1 minute. The last thing they want to see is half the boat ramp blocked with someones gear and a boat being rigged.

However, if you show up at the ramp in the afternoon you will most likely have it to your self and have all the time and room you need to rig a boat.
Check with the ranger, but they usually are relaxed about the rules after the morning rush.

The Little Hole put-in (11 mles below the dam) it much larger, it has several mutliple lane boat ramps and ample parking near the ramp. What some of my friends like to do is leave a car packed with camping gear at Little Little Hole, launch an empty boat at the dam. Then float to Little Hole and load up. There is no camping between the Dam and Lilltle Hole, so why carry all the gear?

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Old 07-14-2013   #12
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Does anyone know how long it takes to run the shuttle to swallow canyon?

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Old 07-14-2013   #13
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seems to always take about 3 hours +/-
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Old 07-14-2013   #14
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Ive rigged a boat there it was about 6 years ago but we inflated up high then threw boat on top of truck drove down dropped boat in water threw frame on dry box and cooler then moved truck off main ramp and boat off to the side. Got everything organized strapped frame on etc and brought down other things. I think as long as your truck is not blocking ramp and your boat is to the side you are fine to rig. In a perfect world everybody has a trailer but I wouldn't rent one just to satisfy their perfect world. Caught first fish as we were floating away from boat ramp. Enjoy

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