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Old 06-26-2008   #1
 
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I need Beta on>>> Lake Fox Box of the Gunnison?

Headed down to Gunnison/ Almont area and going to hit up the Taylor for a day or two.
I've never paddled the Lake Fork Box, and wondering what I can expect.
I'm kinda confused because it's rated class III, but my book says there's no whitewater.
Can anyone explain this?

I'm curious about folks opinions of this section....
good float? scenic? recommended levels to be paddled? anything to be heads up about?

Your knowledge is always mucho appreciated.

~Julie

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The Box is 11 mi, its mostly flatwater but there are small waves, boulders, eddylines, etc that are present and require some heads up. the only "rapids" you will find are small point and shoot fish dams. the rest of it is fast moving water.

bottom line, expect a fun mellow cruise, albeit one with some manuvering to avoid obstacles.

the water is very swift, and above all else, really really cold. you will be surprised at how cold it is when you get in.

when are you paddling what around here? i dont have to work the next three days so ill be around. if you dont mind having someone tag along, let me know and ill see what i can do. always a blast boating on my backyard with new people.
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Sure, come along!

Hey Yeti,

I'll be headed your direction on Monday, so probably won't get on the river until Tuesday.
Just me and the boyfriend... But we're both boaters ( I'm a rafter, he's a kayaker) and easy going folks.
You're totally welcome to come along!!

You could also call me and we can figure out logistics.

One more thing, you talk about dams on this section and personally I really dislike boating through dams even when they have a chute.

How do these dams compare to the one on the BV town run on the Arkansas? Do you know what I'm referring too?

Anywho...

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No real dams - just some rocks placed to make pools for the fish.

Biggest potential problem is the wood - you have to keep your eyes open. And the low bridges.
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they are way less intense than the BV one.....it's more of a small reef of rocks than a true dam....its also convienently underneath the highway bridge:


as for wood, well, what stream doesn't have wood in it in the rockies? it usually congregates in less than worrisome places, and while you may have to dodge a tree thats fallen into the river on either side, the possibility of a massive logjam somewhere is almost nil. as for the bridges, there are only 4 or 5, and if i remember correctly only one or two of them could be considered "serious" at a higher level, although Im not sure what level it is that they become impassable. i've run this up to about 800 or so and we had no problems, but as for levels above? i couldnt say. I'd wager to say you'd be alright with 1100.

as far as joining you, i have to work monday through thursday next week so I doubt i could join you, unless you'll be here through the weekend. i thought you were talking about boating THIS weekend so thats why i asked. no worries though, heres a few more pics of the canyon:

one of the low bridges

fun

notice the overhanging wood, this kind of thing is what you need to be heads up for
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Logjams?

Has anyone been down this section recently, and knows the wood situation?

Are we talking about channels that lead directly into logjams?

or is it more like the occasional log that has to be dodged?

thanks.
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^^ see above; its just the occasional log that you need to watch for
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I asked, you answered.

Looks like we posted at the exact same time....

thanks for answering my questions Yeti.
If you can get away from work next week, do call.

We're looking to paddle the Taylor, LAke Fork, and possibly Gunny Gorge.

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Hey, thanks for the offer. I'll see what I can do but its pretty doubtful- I took off thursday and today so i could paddle, so I need to make some money sooner or later here.

if i am able to get free i will call you, when are you guys headed back to the front range?
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I'm free all week after Monday if you need a local along ...

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