Willow Creek up by Steamboat - Mountain Buzz

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-10-2005   #1
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 490
Willow Creek up by Steamboat

Hey Steamboaters,

Was wondering what the chances are of getting an early season run on Willow this year? The gauge doesn't seem to be working anymore...could someone post if it starts running?

Also, last year there were some posts about friction at the takeout with the land owner. Did that ever get resolved? What's the best thing to do if I want to go the responsible route? But, to be honest, I guess I'm not above being a little sneaky as long as no one gets hurt either.

Schizzle is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-10-2005   #2
Livingston's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 686
We had to run the Elk down to the main road. A landowner's lackey gave us sh't about parking on what looked to be the shoulder of a public road. But that was 2 years ago. Didn't really matter though, the Elk was swollen and we were glad we did it, there were whole trees floating down. At low water it could be a bit boring after Willow. Careful, Willow had some wood in 2 places that I recall.

Livingston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2005   #3
thecraw's Avatar
Boulder, Jackson Kayak, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 911
Send a message via Skype™ to thecraw
livingston is correct (FOR ONCE!!!)

Yeah, in my opinion Willow is a fun tight creek, but depending on how far you are coming from it probably not worth the drive from the front range to just do Willow only. But pack that in with Fish and you will be stoked.

Willow is what I would call a begginers creek. No big drops, but rather tight and as Livingston mentioned... keep you eye out for wood. One place in particular snuck up on us really quick and a guy got pinned under it. Definitely could have been ugly if there wasn't 4 other dudes there real fast.

Elk was HUGE wavetrains all the way to the bridge takeout. But that was also running at biblical levels that day.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"
thecraw is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-11-2005   #4
Bozeman, MT
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 107
land owner friction

Ya there was some friction alright, I almost got killed. I was cruising along and all of a sudden a barbed wire fence was strung across, I barely caught a get to eddy. That was sketchy shit. Don't worry I solved the problem with a pair of wire cutters.
progers is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Willow Creek Access Update danimal Whitewater Kayaking 5 04-17-2006 09:11 PM
New Log in Willow Creek NHINDS River Access & Safety Alerts! 0 05-06-2005 01:57 PM
Willow Creek trespass Patches River Access & Safety Alerts! 3 07-18-2004 02:37 PM
Gauges -FIsh Creek -Willow Creek -Elk Creek Canyon? cristinaBF Whitewater Kayaking 2 06-10-2004 05:22 PM
Willow Creek trip report Bryan Houle Whitewater Kayaking 1 04-12-2004 12:01 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:12 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.