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Old 06-25-2013   #1
 
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Big South / Long Draw Road Access!

Well, it sounds like we're getting access. But will there be water? I just received the email below as a response to my email to the Forest Service. Progress . . .

Find this news online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5425642
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Date: June 25, 2013
Long Draw Road Temporarily Opens to Day Use in July
FORT COLLINS, Colo. Long Draw Road, located on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District 53 miles up the Poudre Canyon, will be opening for day use only during a portion of July. The area was closed August 22, 2012, due to hazardous tree cutting along the length of the road, but was open for winter recreation in 2013.
The road will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting July 1, with no overnight activity allowed in the area. The campgrounds along the road, Long Draw and Grandview, remain closed for the season. The road will be open for day use until cutting operations begin again. There will be short notice as to when the road will close, as cutting crews mobilize quickly. Limiting the area to day use only is due to the need to get visitors out immediately when operations begin. The road is anticipated to be closed from late July 2013 through March 2014.
Cutting operations in the area are approximately 30 percent complete, with an estimated 80,000 total hazard trees to be cut and removed. Most of the trees being cut have been hit by the mountain pine beetle and are a safety hazard if not taken down.
Remember, your safety is your responsibility. Due to the size and complexity of this project, it is imperative forest visitors are out of the area when operations begin. Heavy equipment and trees will be on the road. Some of the equipment used can throw chunks of wood and rocks up to 500 feet, posing a serious threat to those in the area. Obey all signs and closures.
When the road closure is reinstated, it will cover the road and an area 500feet on either side of the road. The area will be reopened when operations are completed.
A map of the current closure area will be posted online July 1. For other recreation information on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, please call the Visitor Information Center at 970-295-6700 or follow the district on Twitter @usfsclrd.
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and Pawnee National Grassland
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I also just got this email in response to my email that I sent. Dang I was hoping that I was the sole reason that the road was open. Oh, well thank me anyways
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Got the note too. This is good news for big south paddlers as it means there will likely be two weekends in July with the gate open.

As for water? Who knows. Runoff is dropping very fast, so I would expect the big south to be low, but its still fun at low levels.
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Anyone interested in running it on Monday July 1?
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Well isn't that nice! The way everything else is going, I'm guessing its gonna get low quick.
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Can we bring back the guy who was griping about how the forest service never does anything?
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Well isn't that nice! The way everything else is going, I'm guessing its gonna get low quick.

Pretty sure that it is usually relying on outflow from Long Draw around the time of the 4th anyways. It is always a little lower unless there is a great snowpack. I think 200 coming out of LD is all that is usually needed.

Ian correct me if I am wrong.
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Yeah Kevin, just always hope for that augmented natural flow. What dictates Long Draw outflow? Is it apx inflow, downstream water needs? It'd be nice if they'd release 250+ on the weekends and 150 during the week, eh?!
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Agree, there's rarely much of anything coming from the main stem by the time the gate opens and 200 is enough for a good time. Pretty sure Long Draw this time of year is a function of downstream water needs. I mainly do the run for Weird Creek anyway.
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I think a good minimum flow for it is 150. Weird Creek isn't worth running but the rest is all still good. 200 is definitely better, but the run handles low water well. I hear 30 cfs is too low.
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