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Old 09-25-2009   #1
 
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Gunnison from Delta to Whitewater

Anyone ever floated the Gunnison from Delta to Whitewater? Hear it's 48 miles and flat all the way. But somewhere I heard there was a low head hydro. Anybody got any info? How's the fishing?

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Delta to Whitewater is 39 miles of flatwater with no low head dams. The takeout at Whitewater is not the best. I don't know about the fishing...
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Thanks for the info.
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Delta to Whitewater is 39 miles of flatwater with no low head dams. The takeout at Whitewater is not the best. I don't know about the fishing...
Fyi... yes, there is a low head dam or irrigation diversion... at least there was in 2007, last time I did it. It's easily manageable though.
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If you put-in at Escalante it's 25 miles and cuts out the backyards and is the best part of the canyon. There's no lowhead dams between Escalante and Whitewater takeout.
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I've done this float 3-4 times. Fishing sucks. There is what I would call a "Class -II drop" after the last main campsite (domingez canyon? i think) that has flipped a couple of inexperienced canoers that were with us during runoff season. Take river right...
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Anyone ever floated the Gunnison from Delta to Whitewater? Hear it's 48 miles and flat all the way. But somewhere I heard there was a low head hydro. Anybody got any info? How's the fishing?
Looks like only one, low head dam. It is about one mile above Delta.
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Looks like only one, low head dam. It is about one mile above Delta.
I used Sprint map but Google map shows better detail.
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Looks like only one, low head dam. It is about one mile above Delta.
Just to clarify my first post... The diversion "of little consequence" that I remember is between Escalante and Whitewater. The one posted here, up river from Delta, I would not recommend running... nasty recirc., when I was there. We hiked around, probably on some private land... therefore I would not recommend floating between hwy 65 and Delta. Pleasure Park to Hwy. 65 is nice.
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No Dam

There is no dam between Delta and Whitewater. There is an irrigation diversion (class II) that creates a horizon line but is not a lowhead, not even close there is many lines that one can choose from. In addition to the irrigation diversion there is a couple of class II riffles but overall this the flattest section of the Gunnison.
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