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Old 07-21-2019   #1
 
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Has anyone done the Upper Rio Grande just below the reservoir this season? We are thinking of putting on tomorrow and curios about conditions/snags/etc.
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Old 07-21-2019   #2
 
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Would love to hear your TR of this section
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mountainman rafting out of creede will have info for you.
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Would love to hear your TR of this section
There is a lot of good information on this older thread if you want to familiarize yourself with the river up there. The run below the reservoir is II/III. There was a fairly large wildfire that burned the wilderness side of the run a few years ago. The only hazard I could imagine would be deadfall in the channel.

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/...ils-37717.html
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Well Nordic did you do the run and was it clean. Our gang of western slope IK'rs is going to run it next weekend if flows hold together. Anyone else run it recently??? This is where Mountainbuzz used to be very helpful but has been slacking lately!! Sharing info is critical to this community and that definitely seems to be fading greatly!!
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Yes, we had a super fun run on Monday, putting in at 30mile campground, flow about 1,175. There is a tight squeeze at river hill campground with a strainer on the left and an overhanging/leaning evergreen on river right. We made it through fine with our packrafts and our 11’ paddle raft, but it would have been tough with an oar rig I think. Hope that helps....
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Yes, we had a super fun run on Monday, putting in at 30mile campground, flow about 1,175. There is a tight squeeze at river hill campground with a strainer on the left and an overhanging/leaning evergreen on river right. We made it through fine with our packrafts and our 11’ paddle raft, but it would have been tough with an oar rig I think. Hope that helps....
Thanks for beta...going to packraft it this weekend.
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Old 07-25-2019   #8
 
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thank-you so much for that update Nordic and welcome to the Buzz. This kind of feedback is what makes this site so valuable to boaters so thanks again. Our IK group will make definite plans for this run or the Crystal at Avalanche creek for this Sunday. Amazing water year for sure then you have the fantastic Taylor till October when everything else dries up. Cheers!!!!!
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