Telluride Area Rafting for a 14 ft SB Oar Rig - Mountain Buzz
 

Go Back   Mountain Buzz > Whitewater Boating > Whitewater Rafting


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-08-2011   #1
 
Kayenta, Arizona
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 95
Telluride Area Rafting for a 14 ft SB Oar Rig

Greetings,

My fiancee' and I will be in Telluride next week for Bluegrass. We will be there a few days early before the music starts and are considering bringing our raft to float some of the local rivers. We have a 14 foot NRS Otter and run it as an oar rig.

My question...

Are the local stretches of the San Miguel do-able, or even worth it in this type of boat at current flows?

I have the Colorado Rivers and Creeks Bible, so I have some beta...but am looking for more detailed info from those who have done it. If it is indeed do-able, what stretches would be best for a nice day float? How mellow are these runs? Besides the San Miguel, are there other rivers in the area runnable in a 14 ft oar rig at these flows this time of year?

Is it worth our time to bring the raft? We also have duckies, would this be more fun or is this even crazier? Any info and feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks and see ya at the Festival.

Bucket

bucket52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-08-2011   #2
 
snakester's Avatar
 
Mesa, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2010
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 161
Maybe check out the Dolores river.
snakester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011   #3
 
Montrose, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2001
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 42
San Miguel isn't a mellow float, but it is a great time. It has a pretty good gradient, so it runs fast and doesn't have a lot of big eddies. You could make the 14' foot rig work, but you'd have more fun in duckies. Bring wetsuits...
An easy few hours on the rio would be Specie Creek to Beaver (continuous II+/ III-). This is below the Sawpit section that has the best rapids, but its fun and will keep you entertained and its not hard to deal w logistics. There are new BLM takeouts along the river so access is super easy and on BG weekend hitching should be especially easy.
I'd offer to meet up with ya but Im out of town that weekend. The river is super fun and if you get out on it you will have a blast!
lookinathesun is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-08-2011   #4
 
snakester's Avatar
 
Mesa, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2010
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 161
Quote:
Originally Posted by snakester View Post
Maybe check out the Dolores river.
But there may not be enough water by then.
snakester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011   #5
 
Kayenta, Arizona
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 95
Class III?

lookinathesun,

Thanks for the reply. That run sounds about right. What stretch are you referring to again exactly? We were looking for a good class III run actually, about how many miles is that stretch, how far away from Telluride? We plan to run the stretch with some friends, a family with kids who all have some river experience...we want to do about a half day...does this run fit that bill? I will very likely bring a duck as well, thanks again for the info, any thing else you could add to that would be great.

snakester

We just got off the Bradfield to Slickrock section of the Dolores, but would the upper Stoner Stampede be do-able for our boat at that time?

Bucket
bucket52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011   #6
 
Montrose, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2001
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 42
BLM UFO San Miguel Boating Info

This has all the info you need. Its all class III but its fast and within 10-15 miles of T-ride. The last section is most scenic, but a bit further from T-ridea and less easy to setup. TBG and the San Miguel go hand in hand. Have fun!
lookinathesun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011   #7
 
Kayenta, Arizona
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 95
Great Site

Thanks for the info, just what we were looking for. About how long would you foresee this run taking?

Bucket
bucket52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2011   #8
 
Montrose, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2001
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 42
Each section maybe 2-3 hours. It moves fast.
lookinathesun is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Tags
lyons creek clinic, rafting

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cross MT in an Oar Rig? royaldouchebag Whitewater Kayaking 6 06-29-2010 07:17 AM
Shoshone in an oar rig tomorrow???? royaldouchebag Whitewater Kayaking 4 07-19-2009 11:47 PM
14 ft Oar rig in Numbers mountainfish Whitewater Kayaking 5 07-09-2009 10:54 AM
Oar Rig Virgin pbowman Whitewater Kayaking 17 06-22-2009 03:58 PM
Oar rig on the poudre? eddyout Whitewater Kayaking 10 05-15-2009 10:23 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.