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Old 05-10-2018   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Buena Vista Rafting?

A buddy is taking his family to Buena Vista the first week in June and he wants to do some rafting. Only adults will be rafting and all plenty capable but not much experience so they want to go with a guided trip.

A decade ago he visited me in Boise and he did the Main Payette in a ducky with no issues so I'm thinking Class III with maybe some IV-.

-I know you guys have a bad snow pack, will there be any water left?

-What Outfitters do you recommend in that area?

-What rivers and sections?

Any other input is greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-10-2018   #2
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They will be right in between two classic sections on the Arkansas, Numbers above and Brown's below. Tons of other options as well that will cover what they want.

They should still have water the first week of June.

Can't remember if the section dictates who has permits to run it on the Ark. I'd recommend Timberline and I know they run the #'s/Browns - but they are also based out of Vail. Know there are some quality outfits based out of the Ark valley that will get recommendations as well.
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Old 05-10-2018   #3
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I second that there should be water as well as picking between the numbers or browns. Hit up the numbers if you want something more adventurous and browns if you want better scenery but still fun whitewater.

As far as outfitters go I recommend wilderness aware rafting, they are extremely professional.

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Old 05-10-2018   #4
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River Runners in BV, they have a sweet beach/bar/grill at the put-in for Browns Canyon. Stay local. They also run numbers and other sections as well.

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Old 05-10-2018   #5
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Exactly what I needed

Thank you!!
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