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Old 06-13-2013   #1
 
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Upper Woody Creek Levels - Roaring Fork

The gauge "near Aspen" says 295 right now. Is that actually the flow on the woody creek/toothache sections? I see there is Castle and Maroon creeks coming in at pretty high flows. Anyway, is it runnable right now in a 14 foot raft? I am wanting to put in tomorrow at Jaffe Park (Upper Woody Creek Bridge). Also, any info on the rapids/hazards would be nice. I want to go all the way to Basalt. Thanks!

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wish i could help you, but i cant...I would appreciate a follow up if you end up floating it. I have a 14ft cat and have often wondered if I could float it..?
Thx, good luck..
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The gauge "near Aspen" says 295 right now. Is that actually the flow on the woody creek/toothache sections? I see there is Castle and Maroon creeks coming in at pretty high flows. Anyway, is it runnable right now in a 14 foot raft? I am wanting to put in tomorrow at Jaffe Park (Upper Woody Creek Bridge). Also, any info on the rapids/hazards would be nice. I want to go all the way to Basalt. Thanks!
I think this is the gauge you want:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/co...tail/id/49986/

Seems like plenty of water to me, but I don't know jack about what it takes to float a 14'er.
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Mikesee put up a good gauge link. That's plenty of flow for a 14' cat or raft. I ran a 14' raft w/ oars at a slightly lower level earlier this year. Read-and-run from Jaffe Park (upper woody creek bridge / Smith Hill Road) to Basalt. Stay left under the Wingo bridge; pretty rough and sharp rock bar on the right. Decent take-out with small dirt ramp at Fishermans Park at the upper Basalt light. Have fun!
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woody creek

Thank you for the help with on the woody creek float, sounds like a fun float! do you know what class waves are in that stretch?
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I have only ran it at high water (2000-3000) but I would call it continuous III- with a couple more punctuated class III drops. Toothache rapid near the end is the crux, probably III+.....might have been IV- at 3000ish.
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WE ran it memorial weekend at 1300 cfs and most of the run is solid class III, with the exception of "toothache" which is still a class IV. Levels are dropping quickly so the run will go down as well.
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I'd say gunnerman is very conservative in his river ratings. I'd put the run at II+/III- boogie water for the most part, with Toothache rapid being a solid III/III+ depending on level. The run is one step up from the Cemetery section of the Roaring Fork (black bridge to the Colorado), but a step down from Shoshone.
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Thanks everyone...that all helps a ton. Is toothache scoutable?
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Make sure you have oar tethers. Really easy to lose them on that stretch.
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