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Old 05-04-2015   #1
 
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Union Baby!

S. Metro boaters...Union looks like it may have a little run for the first time in a while...

Remember: Check the Chatfield Gage before you go to see if dam releases have changed: Below Chatfield

Here's the Union gage:
Union gage

Here's some notes on character from 2007. It's probably changed since...and will change again with some high flows. Beginners... above 1000 it starts getting pushy...above 2000 the upper hole could be a keeper.

Union top hole:
950ish - glassy, fast and fun
1500 - big retentive pile, fast, fun
2510 - spooky

Union Hollywood:
400 - 1000: fun to surf, chundery
1000 - 1300: alot to handle
>1300: have shoulder doc lined up

Union Hawaii 5.0
950ish - glassy, slow, hard to spin
1500 - glassy, eddy service, really, really, really good
2510 - big munchy pile

Union lower hole
1500 - great, a bit shallow
2510 - great, glassy and smooth, mystery moves occur on the river right side of the fold (where'd he go?)

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Old 05-04-2015   #2
 
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I was just thinking the same thing Dan. With releases bumping up out if chatfield and large rounds of precip on the way we could see Hawaii 5-0 like we haven't seen since 07. Fun!

In other news, bear creek is ready for action too! Love the spring storms.
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Got out to Union for a bit tonight and I think Dan's notes will still be pretty accurate. The gage said 1050 and I spent most of my time at Hawaii 5-0, which was glassy; a pretty fun wave for a guy with no tricks. Hollywood was fun but chundery and great roll practice. The water is also cleaning up with the nice flush that we're getting.
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Old 05-05-2015   #4
 
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Chatfield releases went up again yesterday. They are ~300 acre ft above full elevation and will look to release more than inflow to get the level of the res back down. My two cents are that continued rain in the forecast will keep bumping up inflows and thus outflows to manage elevation.

If chatfield is above 27076 acre ft, they will release to bring it down.

Approaching super surf levels now. Highly recommended!
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u-hole is good for loops and enders above 900 ish ,friendlier than Hollywood, or the top hole when it gets big...you can side and front surf indefinitely....have not liked the bottom drop much since they changed it..it was trashy but fun...


Great after work practice area!


Further down river they tore out the good sized/straight forward drop at Florida and replaced it with a block or two of small wave trains/ripples with one small drop whose hole might be playable with the right water levels....looked like it might be a place to practice SUP on very easy whitewater
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Did they ever take out the inflatable low-head dam at the Zuni Power Plant?
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Old 05-06-2015   #7
 
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Union Hollywood:
400 - 1000: fun to surf, chundery
1000 - 1300: alot to handle
>1300: have shoulder doc lined up

Union Hawaii 5.0
950ish - glassy, slow, hard to spin
1500 - glassy, eddy service, really, really, really good
2510 - big munchy pile
Never been there, but I was just looking at the google earth and it look there are seven fetaures. Which ones are hollywood and hawaii 5.0?
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hollywood is the 2nd one ...hawaii 5-0 is 5th one[maybe 4th ]...u-hole is at bottom of rapid 2 blocks down river...they are doing projects between florida and downtown... mostly streamside improvements like parks ,bike paths,landscaping,but also some rock landings that add character and access points......don't know about zuni
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Paddled union today. Lots of fun. 5-0 has a big pile on it and an auto spin pocket on surfers left. Several other features are good at this level too.

I suspect union might run for a while given that chatfield is above "full" elevation and there is a lot of inflow right now. I'd get it while you can while its up through... never know when they might turn it off.
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Union just stepped up...645 Friday dawn surf anyone?


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