Boating (rafting) in August? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 03-18-2007   #1
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Boating (rafting) in August?


I am getting married in August if you can belive it!

I'm going to have a bunch of friends in town, non-boaters from back East, friends and family, and I want to take them rafting with me and some of my guide buddies, preferably somewhere nearby (Eagle County). I know Shoshone is still going, but I was thinking about maybe an overnighter somewhere, maybe that would be a bachelor party or something. How late do the dams keep water in the Arkansas, enough to do a raft trip down Brown's or something?

Another other suggestions? I guess Westwater could be an option, but I was hoping for something more convienent for right before my wedding.

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Old 03-19-2007   #2
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August Rafting

There is usually guaranteed H2O in the Ark until Aug. 15th so Browns should be fine. Most seasons it is still raftable until late August or early September. I have guided Parkdale down to 380 - while it is doable it isn't exactly amazing. I think Brown's Canyon would be fine at this level - but definitely use the first takeout above Sidel's.

The lower Roaring Fork might also be running, the Gunnison as well - but not a lot of good rafting there unless you want flat water or have time for Gunny Gorge. If your friends are in shape Gore Canyon would be my first choice. If you want to be a bit less burly you can always walk the main drop in Gore and just run the rest.
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