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Old 08-21-2007   #1
 
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Arkansas Family float: canon city to pueblo?

Anyone do this section either from canon city or florence/portland cement down to pueblo reservoir? Looks like a good class 1 family canoe trip, but I am unsure of put ins and take outs and any hazards. Thanks.

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I do not know it very well. I know that Swallows canyon is supposed to be nice. There is definitely at least one low head dam in there. I would look at AHRA's website, see if they have a river map. Google Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.
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I'd be prepared for multiple agricultural dams and diversions, prisons, farmland, and wastewater treatment plants. don't pick up hitchhikers.
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Found the map. thanks. It doesn't really help with finding a take-out above the reservoir, it shows one but I cannot find it on google maps.
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You might also consider putting in below the dam at Lake Pueblo and taking out at the Nature Center (a great park with a boat ramp) or continuing on to the Pueblo Whitewater Park portaging the only lowhead dam river left (there is signage alerting you to it). The first is about 3-4 miles and the second is about twice that.

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Thanks. I will consider that. I was hoping that above the lake would have some wild areas.
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I found a trip report here
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besides the downed trees it sounds pretty good.
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