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Old 08-20-2013   #1
 
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Tandem lake kayak in colorado?

Hello new here..

My wife and I will be visiting Pitkin area beginning of september and we wondered if we should bring our old plastic Loon 160T tandem along. I was in Pitkin solo last year riding dirt bikes, but limped away after only 4 days because I couldnt ride slow. I never looked for that quiet lake to paddle around in and regretting that now.

My idea this year was to spend two days in pitkin, then before I'm incapacitated, travel to Buena Vista and camp at clear creek res by the creek hopefully. Or visa versa.. Maybe paddle Clear creek res and cottonwood lake. But I keep dreaming about a few small white caps rolling over the coaming on a class II river though to liven things up. Wife wont be along for that float after my friend and his wife got stuck under a boulder in the Arkansas years ago. RIP Bernie and Jenn.. But I'm game, and have WW experience. Maybe rent a better suited kayak.

Can anyone recommend class I's and II's in colorado which are flowing please? Or should we stick to the reservoirs? Thanks!

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Town of Pitkin, or Pitkin county. If the former, try Taylor reservoir. If you are in Pitkin county (Aspen), try Reudi reservoir or Twin lakes.

If you need to ride slower, try the Fossil ridge trail or the Tiimberline trail. Super rocky
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GunnisonRiver below Almont, takeout in the town of Gunnison. Just down the road from Pitkin.

Taylor Park Res for a lake, also close

Blue Mesa Rez, largest body of water in CO


Taylor Riv, starting a few miles above Almont

Brown's Canyon on the Ark. At low flows, it might get down to Cl II+. Any Buzzards want to weigh in on this?

Roaring Fork? Too far away?

Maybe parts of the Lake Fork of the Gunny?

Gunnison below Pleasure Park?

Just curious, you're looking for Cl I and II, then you want rivers that are flowing? Seems to be a contradiction.
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Old 08-20-2013   #4
 
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You ride a yellow bike...so no help from me. But for kindness, there's plenty of searching you could do to find plenty of rivers to roll down.
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No to low water Browns in a loon IMO.
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Town of Pitkin, or Pitkin county. If the former, try Taylor reservoir. If you are in Pitkin county (Aspen), try Reudi reservoir or Twin lakes.
If you need to ride slower, try the Fossil ridge trail or the Tiimberline trail. Super rocky
Town of pitkin, but pitkin county is a possibility. Unless winds are calm I prefer the shelter of smaller lakes. Thanks

My age and condition is what limited my riding.. Id prefer beautiful views over technical trails.

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Gunnison River below Almont, takeout in the town of Gunnison. Just down the road from Pitkin.

Taylor Park Res for a lake, also close

Blue Mesa Rez, largest body of water in CO


Taylor Riv, starting a few miles above Almont

Brown's Canyon on the Ark. At low flows, it might get down to Cl II+. Any Buzzards want to weigh in on this?

Roaring Fork? Too far away?

Maybe parts of the Lake Fork of the Gunny?

Gunnison below Pleasure Park?

Just curious, you're looking for Cl I and II, then you want rivers that are flowing? Seems to be a contradiction.
Great thanks.. I need to look at taylor and gunnison river.

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No to low water Browns in a loon IMO.
Thanks for the heads up..

Are parts of the Arkansas a possibility?
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Old 08-21-2013   #7
 
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Just did Lower Gunny from PP to Orchard with my son who was in a Loon 12ft. Piece of cake but a little thin in spots. Fun float! He had no need for a skirt.
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Haven't done it, but I hear the Milk Run is fairly flat. One class 2-3 between Fisherman's bridge and Ruby Mtn takeout. Don't know what it would be at current levels. Low flows now. Should be able to scout if you're concerned. Twin Lakes is a cool lake paddle and rents Kayaks if you didn't want to haul yours.
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Sorry. Milk run put in is Johnson Village, at junction of 285 and 24. Online maps for Ark at inaraft.com.
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Solo

Well.. Looks like I'm going alone again..

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