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Old 03-21-2009   #1
 
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Fort Collins Rafting

Hello,
I am a student up in the Fort and was curious when rafting on the Poudre starts up. I live in Carbondale (10min from Gwood) during the summer and was hoping to get some runs in before going home. I will need to pick up my raft back in the 'dale first though. So how quickly should I bring her up?

Anyone wanna show me the ropes when the time comes? I'd like to meet some of the buzzards.

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Taylor

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Hope this helps

Runoff starts when the snow starts melting. Without new snow and really warm weather it could be raftable in April and end in May. Might be another 2002 where the water was gone before it started. Stop by Rocky Mountain Adventures where College meets Shields. They would love to talk rafting/kayaking with you.
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When the water is the best is during June 15-21. But if you want less hard water go before or after this date. Also go to rocky mountain adventures for more detail from the pros. the best one to talk to there is cass.
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Hey,

I would be happy to help you out, I am also a student at CSU and I was a guide last year on the Poudre. With this weather the river will probably start running by the end of april, but we'll see. You can check the flows at americanwhitewater.org or eddyflower.com.

Let me know if your interested

-Also, I don't recommend going to RMA. Take your business elsewhere.
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keep an eye out for an update on poudrerockreport.com... thats your best bet for poudre flows.
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Thanks for the advice. What is a good flow for the Poudre? I guess what is too low, perfect and too high?
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the more water the better, it won't get too high this year. 2' is about minimum for having fun rafting 2'5" for some. 3' and above is legitimate fun. 4' and higher is good. MOst of the lines clean up as the water comes up, but its obviously a lot faster.

When rafting below stevens gulch for 90% of the rapids start left and head right. That should see you most of the way down with just a couple exceptions. Scout from the road, nearly everything that you need to see is visible from the road once again with a couple exceptions. I think the best way to learn the river is to head up there and follow a commercial trip down, they will show you the lines.
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Thanks for the advice. What is a good flow for the Poudre? I guess what is too low, perfect and too high?
3'7" is my favorite. But of course 4'4" is awesome. You can run it down to below a foot but i would not recomend that. I would go to another river or start kayaking once it gets below 1'4"-1'5".
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