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Old 08-11-2008   #1
 
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Moving to Boulder

Hi All,

I'm moving to Boulder, CO in a couple weeks and want to see where I can go boating. I'm a solid Class IV boater and will probably need to be local for a while while I get dialed in to my job. Any thoughts on what are fun runs and any other suggestions would help.

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Dan

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Closest option for Boulder then will most likely be Foxton/Waterton or Bailey minus the big three. If we get a big rainstorm something closer might go.....
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Thanks for the response. You'll have to excuse my ignorance, but what are the big three? St. Vrain, Poudre, and Boulder Creek? Just assume I don't know anything (not difficult). I'm wondering what my options would be for some play or quick runs after work.

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Thanks for the response. You'll have to excuse my ignorance, but what are the big three? St. Vrain, Poudre, and Boulder Creek? Just assume I don't know anything (not difficult). I'm wondering what my options would be for some play or quick runs after work.

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Dan
The big 3 refer to Four Falls, Super Max and Deer Creek, all IV++/V-/V rapids on the Bailey stretch of the North Fork of the South Platte. All of the river stretches mentioned by kayakfreakus are on the South Platte River. Baily and Foxton are on the North Fork of the South Platte, which benefits from trans-basin diversions and often has a long season. Waterton Canyon is below the North Fork and South Platte proper confluecne (but above Strontia Springs) and typcially has boatable flows late in the year.

Pickup a copy of Colorado Rivers and Creeks II and/or Whitewater of the Southern Rockies for good river descriptions.
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He's referring to the 3 class V drops on Bailey. The season is pretty much over except for dam controlled runs. Your after work surf session options are probably Golden, Lyons, or Boulder creek (quality roughly in that order). Some sickos will still go run Black Rock on Clear Creek at 200, but it's serious bone zone. You can get to Waterton canyon, but it's short and is over an hour drive from Boulder. Same drive time with Foxton, but that's pretty low right now.
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Also check out flows for the Big Thompson - if we get lucky, it runs in the fall......
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Thanks guys that all helps a lot. I'm not looking for any Class V yet - just some surf sessions and some Class III-IV action on day trips. I'm psyched to get out there though - I've been trapped in Baltimore for 5 years!

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Thanks guys that all helps a lot. I'm not looking for any Class V yet - just some surf sessions and some Class III-IV action on day trips. I'm psyched to get out there though - I've been trapped in Baltimore for 5 years!

Dan
What's up man... if you ever want to make it up to Fort Collins... I'll take you down Middle Narrows on the Poudre... and Lower when the water drops a bit... it'll be good class IV for ya.

I'm from Silver Spring... good to see some Marylanders making the migration
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Hey I'm at CU and will probably be heading up to the poudre quite a bit until it dies out, pm me if you wanna paddle.
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Could always make the trip out to Shoshone on the Colorado if you get desperate. I surf the Golden play park down to 130 cfs or so, but I work in Golden. South Boulder creek runs at odd times during the year so keep an eye on that gauge. If it rains hard, get out on Boulder Creek. The October hole is good near Lyons. Really your best bet is Foxton and Waterton.
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