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Old 03-27-2012   #1
 
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San Miguel to Dolores

We are looking at runs for May that don't require permits.

Has anyone run the San Miguel below Naturita? Rumor are there are cattle fences but severel sites, even the BLM, list it as a run. Any firsthand experience?

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Fantastic run, all of the cattle fences (5) and diversion dams (3) are upstream of Naturita. I would recommed putting in at the Norwood bridge for a great scenic float through Norwood Canyon, which also includes some amazing ledge surfing opportunities. Below Green Truss Bridge?, there is a great canyon with a ton of small rapids and ledges. All of the diversion dams are able to be lined (1st one on the left, 2nd and 3rd on the right) and the cattle fences are all swing gates. The third diversion dam is a mile ot two above the power plant and is the most dangerous-approach with caution. Hope this helps-have a fun trip.
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Thanks for the great info. Hoping to see a new section of river with a boatman's trip and no passengers (12.5' Avon; 14" Aire Cat and maybe another Avon). Definitely plan on hitting the Norwood Gorge; hoping to camp in there for one night.

Never heard of swing-gate cattle fences. What does that mean (other than the obvious fact they swing open)? Do they swing open and stay open for high/boatable flows? Do we manually have to get out and open them? Most of the ones around SW Utah are just static deathtraps.

Are there signs above marking the low-head dams? Always appreciate those.

Thanks again for the help.

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Is this the one? (Edit) Never mind, its listed as the second dam in a description down lower. Sorry for the lame question.
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Norwood to Moab

daver (or others) - how many day's float from Norwood to Moab, do you think?
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A swing gate, I believe, is pvc that dangles from wire. When you hit it, it pushes forward then closes behind you by gravity. Seems like cows might go right throught them too, but they are cows and might not even think to try.

I'd bet 6-8 days Norwood to Moab, but have never done it. Lots of flat water.
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21 miles for Norwood to Green Truss, including ledges
Unknown from Green Truss to Naturita
16 miles from Naturita to Dolores
33 miles from Confluence to Gateway
32 miles from Gateway to Dewey Bridge
Not sure exact mileage from Dewey to Takeout Beach (35ish would be my guess)

Likely 125+ miles from Norwood to Dewey

We are hoping to do the Norwood to Gateway section, we have a weekish so we can take out time. Would love to the Gateway stretch but we are going with a relatively new boatman who hasn't seen any real Class IV at the oars; don't think that will be a good place to learn. Not even sure I want to take my boat through that mess right now (state line and dam).

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Who's got the latest scoop on State line rapid? haven't heard much about that in years, though I know it changes regularly.
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Major changes reported from 2010-2011; allegedly much harder. Rock Slide is also reported to be a solid Class IV now.

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