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Old 05-12-2010   #1
 
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North Gate Canyon?

Hey just wondering. Never floated through North Gate canyon. Is it do able in a 16 ft Aire cat? Friend of mine wants to fish that section at the end of June and was askin me if we could get through without much trouble.

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I doubt there will be enough water at the end of June for Northgate, but you may be able to float the section below the Bennet peaks takeout and above Saratoga. I know they fish that section, but I have no experience in that area.
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What about Northgate before the end of June in a 16' cat? Will the flows get big enough to take that boat down? We also have a 13' raft. We've never done it and just curious. Thanks for any info in advance. Happy boating!
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I've run it twice, both around 1000cfs, and both in 14' boats. It was no problems at that level. I imagine you'd be able to get a 13' raft down there as low as 500 or so, but that's sheer speculation. It all hinges on your low water experience, and how much you loath getting stuck. I boated the Ark in 2002, commercially running the Royal Gorge as low as 196 cfs, so I have a warped definition of "low water" and "runnable."

As to the 16' cat, when I saw it at 1000cfs it was definitely big enough for a 16' cat. Below that, your guess is as good as mine.

Oh!! Almost forgot- if you have the time, take out further down than 6-mile gap. That takeout SUCKS!! If I remember correctly, it's like a third of a mile straight up a mountainside. The Forest Service has some information posted.

It's a beautiful trip! Good luck!
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Thanks for the replies. I've done the lower sections below the canyon, and you are correct, that 6 mile gap is not fun.
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sprechen,
Apparently we are neighbors? We should meet. Maybe we already have?
Anyway, I think you can get 16' cat down at more than 2k, but probably not easily below that. 13 boat can get down at 1k - 600 cfs but there are lots of rocks to hang up on getting to the 6 mile take out. Doubt there would be 2k at the end of June. There are other take out options for a single day that involve paying for a private access (I just heard about this at AAA inflatables so I don't heve details).We have been wanting to get up there for the past couple weeks, but it keeps snowing so the flow hasn't come up.
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i can't remember what it was when we floated it the 4th week in june last year, but i would guess somewhere b/w 1k and 1.5k. my 13' boat was no problem. the one constriction that might present a problem for a 16' boat is narrow falls. that one might be tough even at high water in that big of a craft. if you have a 13' to use, i'd take that one.
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A few years ago, there was a 18 ft cat in our group and I seem to remember it running in the 1400 to 1500 range. He had no problems with not enough water or too much width in the tight spots. That being said, I wouldn't want to run it much lower than.
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At the moment, the road to 6 mile is covered up in snow and pretty much impassable. That road turns to grease when it gets wet, and you WILL get stuck.
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How is the road to Bennet Peak campground? Any possibility of getting in and out next weekend?
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