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Old 06-02-2015   #1
Breckenridge, Colorado
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Eagle River flows for rafts

I was looking at rafting the Eagle in the next couple days and was curious what levels are to high for a raft on the Edwards to Eagle stretch. I was looking at my notes and I ran it last year at 2300cfs and 1700cfs. I remember there were a few low bridges at those levels and saw its running at about 3k today. I remember Tressle bridge was tight so I probably would put in at the campground below that. I recall a double arch bridge below there that was tight but cant remember if there are any others that would be to low to get under. Any info would be great, love that stretch but hate surprises. If it's too high already I will just wait and catch it on the way down. Thanks!

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Old 06-02-2015   #2
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I think you are looking at the gauge below Gypsum if you are seeing 3k flows. The most relevant one to that section is in Wolcott and is reading 2500 now. I just drove down the hwy along the river and looked at the trestle and the arched bridge you spoke about, and both are passable now. There are also a couple suspended bridges, but it you can pass under the arches you can make the others. If you have a fishing frame, it might get tight with a bit more flow, but I ran wolcott to Gypsum in a 16' with oars last year with a good bit more flow (dont remember exact numbers) and we had to duck under the arched bridge but the oar towers still made it.

I stopped along the river at dead cow rapid and it looked fun. The whole section is visible from Hwy 6 if you run your own shuttle so you can look at anything that might be a concern.
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Old 06-02-2015   #3
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Highway six bridge in gypsum gets pretty tight with big pipe underneath it. Be careful if you have a seat on your boat.
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Old 06-02-2015   #4
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Definitely do the Avon to Edwards section. It has no clearance issues and more continous with nothing overly scary....kick in the shorts at this level and one of the best bang for the buck anywhere (easy shuttle, super easy access, with a few fun III+)
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Old 06-02-2015   #5
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Just off Wolcott BLM "rock" to eagle chambers park reach. Great splashy fun at this level --3000 at Gypsum. Hour and a half continuous play. Lots of commercials today paddle boating through rodeo. Tough takeout at EC fairgrounds. Ran it last weekend twice at half the flow. 14' oar rig two passengers. Recommend for anyone but the guy who was putting in same reach alone with standup paddle board at 6 pm, in shorts and sunglasses, no PFD as we were finishing shuttle...
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