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Old 06-25-2013   #1
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Stone Bridge to Salida @ 700

In an oar rig, is it worth the effort or pain in the ass?

Please discuss.

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Old 06-25-2013   #2
 
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Ben,

It's low water Ark boating, you'll have a few rock strokes, but you should be able to float the entire stretch just fine. The boat chute at the diversion dam will be a couple of big drops but it's all entirely runnable. And 700 cfs is still better than 600 which it still better than 400 or 250. It'll be good practice on the oars for you and there'll be cold beer and hot pizza at the takeout.

If you want better water for a Class II float, hit Grizzley Creek or the Upper C.

Fishermen run most of our favorite rivers at half the flow we consider minimum and still manage to get to the takeouts...

Have a good trip!

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Old 06-25-2013   #3
 
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it is becoming a real pain to try to paddle the river . the powers that be need to be overhauled . Very disappointed AGAIN . The people in this area are great! My friends are now going east instead of coming to Colo.I will be here until the 15 of july but may go home early AGAIN
Drove up from the Gorge Sun and the majority of the river looked very boney
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Old 06-25-2013   #4
 
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it is becoming a real pain to try to paddle the river . the powers that be need to be overhauled . Very disappointed AGAIN . The people in this area are great! My friends are now going east instead of coming to Colo.I will be here until the 15 of july but may go home early AGAIN
Drove up from the Gorge Sun and the majority of the river looked very boney
It is a great level on the Arkansas right now. It is not high water, but we are thankful for what we have. There have been seasons where the river never got as high as it is now. If you think it is a pain to paddle the river it might be more due to operator error.
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could be
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Old 06-25-2013   #6
 
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In light of the fire situation, you might want to reconsider your whining over low water- folks are losing their homes to this drought. Go back home or grab a shovel. It is what it is- deal with it or leave.
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Old 06-26-2013   #7
 
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In light of the fire situation, you might want to reconsider your whining over low water- folks are losing their homes to this drought. Go back home or grab a shovel. It is what it is- deal with it or leave.
I hear ya. You know Ranchman, there are lot's of people who have put in tons of time forming relations and setting up compromises to make the Arkansas River Voluntary Flow Program what it is. Complaining without knowing what your talking about is very annoying. Look at your options, the Ark is one of the few things still with water in Colorado, and will have water for another month and a half. If that's not good enough for you, then please leave. Either do a little research and educate yourself before you open your mouth, or just STFU.
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Old 06-26-2013   #8
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After 25 years of boating the Ark, there are not many so called normal years. I am just thankful for those rare years when we can boat this gem of a river into July with flows over 1000 cfs.
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WOW!! GUESS I JUST NEED TO STFU!!!
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ranchman you obviously haven't been in the area that long. 700 is a god sent iv'e spent to much time pushing FAT ASS okies/ Texans down the river at flows below 300 cfs. If you can't handle it you are a pussy and you should go back to Oklahoma and stop bitching on mountain buzz
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