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Old 05-27-2009   #1
 
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looking for casual river to float w/girlfriend

looking for casual river to float w/girlfriend

looking for a 1-3 night float w/in 5 hrs of Boulder

-I am not experienced but have rowed a dory style fly-fishing boat
-planning on renting boat/gear
-want to go soon within 2 weeks
-want to camp on river
-thinking class 1-2 (maybe class 3)

any suggestions would be greatly apprecaited

thanks!!

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Old 05-27-2009   #2
 
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pumphouse

check out pumphouse outside wolcott. its perfect what your looking for.
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Old 05-27-2009   #3
 
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Pumphouse is good, the hot springs will probably still be flooded though.
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Old 05-27-2009   #4
 
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Rancho del Rio on the Colorado River ( 4 miles east of State Bridge) rents boats and can help w/ shuttle. This would make an excellent put-in for the 20 mile float to Catamount. Some class II rapids between Rancho & State Bridge. FUN! and a few more near Windy Point. With high water (say over 2,500) a few rapids above Rancho are class III. Needles Eye & Yarmony can flip boats.
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Old 05-27-2009   #5
 
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horsethief & ruby canyons near loma is great, maybe one class II (black rocks) in 25 miles. Great camps and hikes. Alittle bit of a drive, but highly recommended.
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Old 05-27-2009   #6
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To the above add Labyrinth on the Green- very pretty, very flat water -and- Yampa River fromCraig to Juniper Springs- also kind of pretty. A lot of people do the Yampa in Canoes- might be easier for you logistically.

If pumphouse run should see a big increase in flow, over 4k cfs, stay away from it. A guy drowned last yeat at Eye of the Needle, several have drowned over the years there. Yarmony is a flipper at higher flows. At 2500 cfs and below, it's a piece of cake
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Old 05-27-2009   #7
 
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North Platte is also a good one... put in at 6 mile gap and take out at treasure island. Will probably only flow for a couple more weeks. Great fishing and some really pretty camping.
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Old 05-27-2009   #8
 
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Last year at pumphouse for my first try at oaring a loaded raft, it was running 6900. Needles Eye was washed out but Yarmony was a giant boat eating hole. It was still simple to avoid by just hugging the left bank. Just the same there was plenty of carnage around. I saw a few duckies eat it because they did not hug the bank. At that level, eddies were tough to catch as the river was so high.

I just did it this past weekend with my 6yr old aboard. At 3250 you had to make a move at Needles, no problem. Yarmony was easy too.
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Old 05-28-2009   #9
 
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Horsethief/Ruby Canyon on the Colorado River is a great beginner trip. Drive is a little long, past Grand Junction. You can rent boats at Rimrock (above Loma). Much warmer than Pumphouse for early season trips but can get a little crowded.
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Old 05-28-2009   #10
 
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I 2nd the Platte. A really pretty run, great camping and fishing. Get on it soon.....
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