Norwood Canyon pseudo-beta
Norwood canyon on the San Miguel is a fun little run. The road eventually leaves the river corridor and this "wilderness" stretch of the San Miguel offers up spectacular scenery and play. Class II-III.
Shuttle is a bit of a hassle, but leaving a vehicle at the Take-out can allow for more time surfing the ledge waves above pinyon bridge.
Put-in at the HWY 145 Bridge at the bottom of Norwood hill.
Take-out on BLM property up BB36 Rd. Look for pull-offs about a mile upstream from Pinyon Bridge. From Hwy 145 east of Naturita, turn North at the Tri-State PowerPlant sign, . Turn Right onto the Dirt Rd @ Silverhawk Ranch. Turn right again after you have crossed the river.
Most of the River Corridor is BLM managed, but be aware of private property, as always. Once you have entered pasturelands be aware of fencing and signage.
WATCH OUT for a channel-wide low-head Dam on private property. Signs are posted (last I checked). This one is easy to avoid on river left, but be aware that it has been known to suck in a kayaker or raft from time to time. This ones a keeper!! Portage river left on BLM property.
Below the dam, CFS drops significantly. If there's water in the river, the surf waves can be fun. Happy paddling. And enjoy the bluegrass crowds.