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Old 06-01-2011   #1
 
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Colorado River State Bridge to Dotsero

We have ran this section a few times but never at 8,000+. Are you able to fit under all the bridges? What is Rodeo like? Pinball?

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See here: https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...ter-36964.html
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I know that at higher water, Rodeo actually opens up more, with less current pushing over the ledge-rock/hole/wave, and you can take a cleaner, left side run. Pinball picks up some serious current working you towards the pylons and the rock wall, so you have to start moving early and be aware of small holes that might knock you around a little bit before you get there. Both are easily scoutable from the road, of course, and if you're not sure what you'll see, I'd recommend doing that. I cannot speak to the bridges above catamount- but there is the thread listed above for that.
If the bridges are too low above, you could just put in at Pinball and do more of a half day float, there is kind of a ramp there.
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Old 06-02-2011   #4
 
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All good info!
Any other input?
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A bunch of us were running this section a couple weeks ago at 4500 cfs. It was fun in sections. Pinball was fun big waves and such. Rodeo was good to go and everything else was more or less just fast water. The only hazard to speak of was a double bridge about 2/3 of the way through the Pinball section. The 2 bridges are stacked and have 5 pylons total and they are staggered so that there really isn't a super clean line through. We actually had to save a cataraft and its 2 passengers that flipped at the bridges. They were not rigged for a flip and were only dressed in cotton, they did have pfd's though. It was awesome fun trying to push a cat to shore in kayaks. The couple didn't even offer up a beer for the save. Oh well river karma will have to suffice.
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The next railroad bridge after rodeo rapid has a pylon river center right that could be a problem at high water. The run is left of the pylon at medium flows. Then the next bridges are a railroad bridge and a car road bridge next to each other these are the ones in the above post.
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State Bridge to Dotsero at 6000 with young kids early Aug

Obviously, this question has many facets but how suitable is this section for kids 4-7 with only moderate swimming ability on oar boats with moderately skilled but very prudent oarsmen? Or put another way, if the oarsmen are new to the run but sober, scouting from shore at all named rapids and strong, what opinions would experienced boaters have about taking young kids on this run in early August this year? Thanks!!
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Obviously, this question has many facets but how suitable is this section for kids 4-7 with only moderate swimming ability on oar boats with moderately skilled but very prudent oarsmen? Or put another way, if the oarsmen are new to the run but sober, scouting from shore at all named rapids and strong, what opinions would experienced boaters have about taking young kids on this run in early August this year? Thanks!!

if the kids cant swim that well take out at catamount. state bridge to catamount is pretty calm. after catamount theres a couple of serious rapids.
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