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Old 07-14-2005   #1
 
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Front Range Beginer Trip

Hey Folks,

I am taking 5-10 high school and Jr High kids kayaking in duckies next week. I need a good front range run for my kids. I am thinking about a couple of different options.

I am solid boater with river resuce training and CPR.


Places to go?
1. Boulder Creek: safe but only 3 miles. May shuttle up to to multiple trips.
2. Connie: Dirty nasty water. long stretches of flat water.
3. Clear Creek 103 to Kermits. Cold and not much longer.
4. Foxton.... some boney sections.
any other suggestions?

thanks so much for your help,

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Old 07-15-2005   #2
 
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hmmm....
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Foxton? seems a little steep for newbies.
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Old 07-15-2005   #4
 
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what about the section below foxton down to the confluence of Waterton??? it's fun but mellow. there's a few defined drops that they'll love and nothing too steep. not sure if the psycho Vet guy is still up there though. he might provide some entertainment but i haven't heard about him in years. and best part is it's roadside so you can set up vehicles along they way if you decide you need to get out earlier and you can choose the length. you can drive up and show them the foxton rock maze to get them all fired up for more and after you take out if they have more energy they can hike down and scout Waterton -trev
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deckers might be a good option instead of foxton and the water isn't bad.
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How about Filter Plant on the Poudre. Or if you're considering harder runs like Clear Creek or Foxton, try Bridges on the Poudre, it's at a good medium-low water level right now. Or the Chutes on the S. Platte, you can put in about 6-7 miles above the start of Waterton Canyon for a pretty long run, although there are 2 very slow miles in the middle you may want to skip. You really need at least 250-300 cfs for this, so its marginal right now.
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How about Filter Plant on the Poudre. Or if you're considering harder runs like Clear Creek or Foxton, try Bridges on the Poudre, it's at a good medium-low water level right now. Or the Chutes on the S. Platte, you can put in about 6-7 miles above the start of Waterton Canyon for a pretty long run, although there are 2 very slow miles in the middle you may want to skip. You really need at least 250-300 cfs for this, so its marginal right now.
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Deckers is going to be super bony at this level, esp for duckies... I wouldn't reccommend it. At higher levels it's a great beginner trip.
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the clear creek section could be nice. it would be an easy section, but probably pretty bony at current flows.
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Well

How bout the St. Vrain into Lyons?
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