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Old 06-02-2008   #1
 
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Deckers?

I'm just getting back into Kayaking after nearly nine years away. Just did the Play Park in Denver, it's good to be back!
I'm looking for a good class II or III mountain run. How's Deckers this time of year? Is it runable at 216 CFS? Any pointers?

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Old 06-02-2008   #2
 
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Its runnable, but more water the better. The chutes are the biggest rapid on the run and can be seen while driving up. There is some busy water throughout, but paddling and keeping the boat straight usually get you through.
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It's runable down to 200 but really boney. If it's 300 or so, that really helps and covers up more rocks - but the more the better.
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Given current flows, you might be better off doing Foxton below the boulder garden.
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Thanks for the comments. Looks like the level just dropped down below 150. Time to head elsewhere.
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I ran it with a beginner on Sunday at 216. It was rough man.

Super low, super shallow, super slow, it took forever. In my opinion, it is only worth doing at this flow if you have a beginner to boat with and everything else is too high for them. Which is why we did it.

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Given current flows, you might be better off doing Foxton below the boulder garden.
Please don't take this advice! Foxton is far more technical than Deckers and definitely far scarier for people unsure of their abilities. Personally I think foxton is harder than Waterton as well just waterton is more intimidating because it has more water.
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Please don't take this advice! Foxton is far more technical than Deckers and definitely far scarier for people unsure of their abilities. Personally I think foxton is harder than Waterton as well just waterton is more intimidating because it has more water.
At least take a look at foxton. It's at a big level right now, but below boulder garden to dome rock is the quintessential front range Class III primer. Water will be cold; dress warm. Go with a good crew, lean forward, paddle hard, get to shore fast if you swim; you'll be fine.
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Thanks Dan, someone gets it. Kevin, I didn't say you had to do the entire section. There are flat water stretches with plenty of very short class II & class III opportunities thrown in for someone to get their mojo back. The only part of Foxton that I think is harder than Waterton is the boulder garden area.
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