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Old 05-31-2011   #1
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state bridge to catamount at high water

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at lower flows there are almost no rapids on this section. what is it like at water this high? ive always noticed the big rock in the left side of the river that has the plaque commemorating someone who died.

are there any other dangerous spots at water this high?

are the bridges dangerously low?

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Where is the plaque?
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the plaque is on the downriver side of a big rock which is about 10 feet off of the wall on river left. i cant remember exactly where it is in terms of river miles... pretty sure its past the waterwheel a little way.
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I paddled it at those levels in 83 and 85(?). Lots of big waves (for a canoe) in there at those levels but nothing technical. There is one new rapid in there since those years so I don't know what that is like.
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There is a railroad bridge between Bond and McCoy that could have clearance issues. It has been a long time since I last did that stretch, but during high water in 96 I recall that bridge as a potential issue.
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There is a railroad bridge between Bond and McCoy that could have clearance issues. It has been a long time since I last did that stretch, but during high water in 96 I recall that bridge as a potential issue.

probably my biggest concern. i can stand up on my boat and barely touch the bridge at low water. so four or five more feet of water concerns me.
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We ran that stretch of river on Sunday and I had to flip my DRE seat forward and lay down on my boat. We ended up with about 6-8 inches to spare. I don't know if I would try it again with the water coming up. BTW my boat was a fully loaded 3 day gear boat so we sat pretty low in the water.
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The bridge of concern is actually a private drive immediately after the railroad trestle, about a mile below Bond. I recall a paddle boat fits under around 7400, but wouldn't count on an oar rig any higher than that. You can see it from the high way. Would be unfortunate for the bridge if the water ends up hitting 10 or 12k this year.
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We ran that stretch of river on Sunday and I had to flip my DRE seat forward and lay down on my boat. We ended up with about 6-8 inches to spare. I don't know if I would try it again with the water coming up. BTW my boat was a fully loaded 3 day gear boat so we sat pretty low in the water.

on Sunday (5/29/2011) the Kremmling gauge was ~6600 and rising mid-day for a reference point for future searches of this thread.
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I just talked with BLM who had been down there today and they're planning to close State Bridge to Catamount if the water gets any higher do to bridge clearance. Any questions call BLM at 970-876-9000 (currently 8110 cfs at Kremling 6/1 @ 3:50pm)
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