Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-26-2014   #1
Arvada, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1991
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 185
Send a message via Skype™ to tsavo
Rafting to Dotsero from State or Twin Bridge... it worth a first time overnight(s) with kids...what is a good level...would pumphouse on be better...?pros cons to this or any thought along those lines for next spring...I've guided day trips in Alaska (Nenana) and in the Tetons on the my experience is limited. Thanks for your thoughts.

tsavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2014   #2
dafewillis's Avatar
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2012
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 143
Isn't Pumphouse to Dotsero like 58 river miles??? That's a brutal overnight with kids. Look at splitting it up into shorter chunks for shorter days, of which there are several options. I'm mostly a day floater, so I'll let other folks chime in with their thoughts.

Sent from my iPad using Mountain Buzz

dafewillis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2014   #3
2tomcat2's Avatar
Westminster, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 219
Rancho Del Rio on the Colorado River - River Map

Link showing river miles
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"
2tomcat2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2014   #4
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 165
There is definitely less traffic below state bridge, but also less camping. I suggest going from pump house down for a few reasons. 1. Kids can get in the hot springs unless water is too high 2. More camp spots but also more competition for those spots 3. More traffic at spots to abort trip if it's going poorly
melted_ice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2014   #5
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 405
Hey Tom - I boated the Fraser with you a few years back. I've done several overnight trips on the upper C. May be doing it next weekend depending on weather...

Pumphouse to Catamount makes a great 1 night rafting trip. More scenic than the lower section, and the camping is better. Windy point camp has several sites with grills, picnic benches, lots of trees, and even has a pit toilet. Drawback is people can drive to it so not as "rustic." Forgot the name of the camp above it but there are several old cabins that the kids may like to check out. 1,000 - 3,000 would be good for the kids. You'll likely do fine at any level, but I think lower water would be better for the kids first time unless you have a good crew and want to take chances with swims. I'm assuming you are rowing?

Below Catamount the camps are few and far between. Burns rodeo rapid and twin bridges can be tricky. I ran it over 10,000 cfs so maybe they are less of an issue at lower water? There will be a lot less people here - you may even have the river to yourselves, but I like the upper section better.

Either way you should bring earplugs and prepare for the train to wake everyone up several times per night.

jennifer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014   #6
Castle Rock, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 321
Eagle County Open Space is working at opening up the lower section to support exactly what you want to do. Sometimes they post on MB, but it might be worth a call to talk with them.

Plecoptera is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Colorado River State Bridge to Dotsero stew Whitewater Kayaking 7 07-27-2011 03:05 PM
Hazards on the Upper Colorado River between State Bridge and Dotsero BLM_CRVFO River Access & Safety Alerts! 14 06-22-2011 11:27 PM
State Bridge to Dotsero foulhooked1 Whitewater Kayaking 16 07-21-2010 05:46 PM
State Bridge to Dotsero nicho Whitewater Kayaking 6 07-12-2009 02:30 PM
beta: state bridge to dotsero? emptypockets Whitewater Kayaking 14 05-13-2009 01:05 PM

» Classified Ads
2014 Rocky Mountain Storm...

posted by clinks

This package was put together in late 2014, and has been on...

vintage Avon foot pump

posted by Johnny

Vintage Avon foot pump from back in the '80s when I had a...

RMR 13' w/ Drop Stitch...

posted by Riverboat Works

Floor Model RMR 13' SB with Drop Stitch Floor Option and...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:50 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.