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Old 07-06-2019   #1
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San Miguel access and camping

Hi I would like to do the San Miguel from Fall Creek Rd to Norwood (overnight). Is there a real put-in at Fall Creek Rd? And is there some camping near the Fall Creek Rd put-in? If not, what would be a good spot to camp at the night before we put-in?
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Old 07-06-2019   #2
ridgway, Colorado
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Caddis flats or specie Creek. Upper or lower Beaver. Limited options. Deep Creek legal put in. Not at fall Creek. Private property. It's stout at 1400. Did July 4.
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Old 07-08-2019   #3
Denver, Colorado
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Can you please give any more details about put in/take out locations. I keep reading about various places (like fall creek) but don't seem to see what looks like a put in from google earth. Also, is there any shuttle companies? And what's the best section to run as a day float this weekend (13ft oar rig)? Thanks
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Old 07-08-2019   #4
Ridgway, Colorado
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From top to bottom:

Bilk Creek- Kayak put-in, you could maybe get a small raft down.
Deep Creek- 1/2mi. below Bilk behind CDOT maint. shed, trailer accessible.
Silverpick- 3ish mi. further down. Not sure about this. It's not commonly used.

These upper put-ins mean that you're running Sawpit rapid. 700cfs is my cut off for this in a raft.

Down Vally Park- Above Placerville, below Fall creek. Trailer accessible. Not much of an eddy.
Placerville- Trailer accessible, no eddy, gravel bar.

From Placerville to Specie the river becomes braided and shallow. Lots of wood but, passable IF you choose the proper channel.

Caddis Flats- Trailer accessible. Most developed of the put-ins. Limited camping.
Specie- 1mi. below Caddis, Trailer accessible.
Upper Beaver- Trailer accessible, easy take out to miss. Good thing that there is...
Lower Beaver- 1/4 mi. below UB, trailer accessible.

Below LB is the Norwood canyon. The river and road part ways. This is a trecherous section, not for the faint of heart (search Wayward Boatman).

The next take out is Ledges Recreation area, Trailer accessible. It's 3+hrs. from the Beavers.
Pinion Bridge is 2mi. below that and is your final take-out. Don't go past it. It's a steep, short carry to your trailer.

Caddis or Specie to Beaver is the go-to 1/2 day run. 1.5hrs.
Upper is pretty spicy class 2/3 with a class 4 swim.
Norwood canyon is more mellow but has big fun surf waves in the Ledges area (mostly below Ledges take-out).

Have fun!
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Old 07-08-2019   #5
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Really can’t thank you enough. Thanks for taking the time to share that info, I’ll tell you there isn’t much info that I could find. I’ll be running Saturday.
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