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Old 05-11-2007   #1
 
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Pumphouse w/ 14 Ft. raft

Wanna do pumphouse with the kids rowing my 14 Ft raft. It is just under 900. What is a decent minimum level. More concerned with damaging the raft than I am with lack of whitewater. We can always go back at a higher level.

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I've run it as low as 700 in a 14 ft oar rig. Probably wouldn't do it again at that level, but I think the flow out of Green Mt is going up this weekend and with the heat, I'll bet it's over a 1000 this weekend.
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I've seen 16 foot oar boats do it at 750. 800 up is good in my opinion, but the more water the better.

I may be out there this afternoon if I can moativate, and don't just decide to run the upper Blue on on the way by.

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I think 1000 is plenty for Pumphouse in a large raft. The water may be tame and you may have to drag the boat over some hidden sand bars, but the rapids are all no problem.

It's more of a float trip with 2-3 decent rapids. Pretty, but bring entertainment for the kids.
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700's doable

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Wanna do pumphouse with the kids rowing my 14 Ft raft. It is just under 900. What is a decent minimum level. More concerned with damaging the raft than I am with lack of whitewater. We can always go back at a higher level.

Thanks,Tom
I've also run it down to 700 in my 16 footer with the kids when they were small and had fun. Used to be a real drag in my bucket boat, but with a sb floor it's OK. Staying to the outside bend and deeper water keep you moving. The absolute worst part of running it this low is the guarenteed 2-3 pm wind which- in the 'lakes' section- will definitely blow you back up stream. I've also encountered hail this time of year...........
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Yeah, I rowed a 13fter down it at a meager 225cfs. only dragged it a few feet over one shallow spot.

you should be able to take anything down it over 350 -400cfs w/o any issue. very low water friendly stretch...unless you suck,of course...
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Agree... I have run loaded, and I mean loaded, 14' rafts at 550. It wasn't really a problem. Just not a whitewater trip, more of a beer cruise.
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When I said I probably wouldn't run it again at 700, I didn't mean it's not runnable below that level, just not my preference. Battling the pm winds in the "lake" section, were bad enough at 700.
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We did a club trip this weekend for the University of Denver Kayak Club, did pumphouse to statebridge as a 2 day. If you are planning on paddling 'the Lake' as someone else said you better pray for low winds. We had 14 kayakers and a 14ft raft for support and the raft was going upstream with the winds. The 3 of us that had rescue vests on all clipped our boats together with our tethers and had the pull the raft for close to 3 miles.

As for the level, its running good enough right now.
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The winds usually kick up in the afternoon - after 1 pm, usually more like 2 pm. If you can get an early start you can get out before them. You should have no problems with a 14ft raft at 900. Like the others said maybe a sand bar if you don't know how to spot them. Stay towards the outside with the current and you should be fine.
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