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Old 06-23-2016   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Poudre river ?'s

In looking at the filter plant run, it's only 3 miles or so it appears.

I'm looking to run a 14' oar rig down a longer stretch, I'm good with class III, have two kids in the boat, age 5 and 3, don't want either to swim, but want some wave trains and smaller rapids. shows rapids at Tunnel, Misiwaka and Mad Dog. If we put in below Mishiwaka, what should we be expecting?

Where would anyone recommend putting in for some adventure on a tamer kid friendly scale?

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Old 06-23-2016   #2
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Mishawaka and Tunnel are not on the filter plant run. Currently the high water level actually means almost everything is washed out. Mad Dog is almost non-existent, run straight down the middle. There a few splashy wave that keep it kid fun. Right now a 14' oar rig is a great boat for that stretch. Whether or not to take a 3 and 5 year old is at your discretion; there is always a chance of swimming no matter what. Right now everything above FP is pretty pushy. It is only a 3 mile stretch, but it is really easy to do laps. If you go any time on a weekend or any afterwork time on a week day you are almost guaranteed to find some other boaters heading down that can provide the safety of numbers.
If you put in below the Mishawaka you will also have a three mile stretch (in my opinion less interesting) as well and an unpleasant take out before Poudre Park which is class 4 and very pushy at the current levels.

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Old 06-23-2016   #3
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I won't take my kids (6&4) on the anything on the Poudre besides Filter and Sleeping Elephant. They aren't strong enough swimmers yet to do those sections, especially at the current level. My kids love to do Filter, stop midway for a food and play break, and then head down to the takeout for more of the same. It's short enough and the shuttle easy enough that you can do easily do it more than once in an afternoon/evening.
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Old 06-23-2016   #4
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Nothing to add. totally agree with the_dude, and almortal.
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Old 06-23-2016   #5
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Filter plant is a good run depending on the water level. If it is too low than you might get stuck and that wouldn't be as much fun for your kids. I rafted filter plant last year in a 12' paddle raft and there was 4 kids on it and we did fine.
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