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Old 09-25-2019   #21
 
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Which Smith?
Montana, the river with one "rapid" to speak of.

California Smith is a different animal.

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Old 09-25-2019   #22
 
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Lol. Salida..... your funny. Salida has fishermen and play boaters, artists and mountain bikers. Whitewater enthusiasts inevitably end up in BV. Generally, the Ark can be boated all but a month or two of the year, and there is everything from I to V within a short drive.

Beside all the runs on the Ark itself we have Clear and Lake Creek Ark, the Taylor, the Roaring Fork, the Eagle (including Gilman), and Tenmile Creek within about an hour.... (and btw the Taylor is still flowing around 350 below the dam)
Second for BV. All those interested in the Ark Valley should definitely move to BV, not Salida.
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Old 09-25-2019   #23
 
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Everything in CO sux, nothing to see here, move along


If there is a whitewater capital its definitely not here
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Old 09-26-2019   #24
 
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In Colorado, Glenwood Springs

I'm sure California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have a lot of great paddle towns, but I think Glenwood Springs has the best access to whitewater in Colorado. You have the Colorado, the Roaring Fork, the Crystal, and the Frying Pan within 30 minutes. In Salida or BV, you're more constrained to the Ark; sure you could drive further to more rivers, but by that same measure you could drive from Glenwood to the Eagle River, Gore Creek, Gunnison River, Arkansas River, Crested Butte Area, etc.
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Old 09-26-2019   #25
 
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I'm sure California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have a lot of great paddle towns, but I think Glenwood Springs has the best access to whitewater in Colorado. You have the Colorado, the Roaring Fork, the Crystal, and the Frying Pan within 30 minutes. In Salida or BV, you're more constrained to the Ark; sure you could drive further to more rivers, but by that same measure you could drive from Glenwood to the Eagle River, Gore Creek, Gunnison River, Arkansas River, Crested Butte Area, etc.

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Old 09-26-2019   #26
 
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I was born in Colorado in 79, lived in Chico for ten years. We are really the midwest to them? In terms of big drainages, Co especially on the front range, really only has two, the poudre and the ark. The Sierras has one of these drainages every 30 miles or so. From Chico I could drive to the American, Feather, Yuba, Sac, Trinity in under 4 hours. All of those rivers can see flows of 10000cfs AND there is a South Fork, Middle Fork and North Fork of all those rivers, plus all the tributaries of the forks. The flows in northern Cali are comparable to Idaho. The Klamath pushes more water than the grand canyon currently. The Eel can go from 2000 to 190000cfs in a day. The rivers in Cali flow year round, the mcloud is a spring coming from mt shasta, the feather is a spring as well that traditionally flow all year at 400 to 800 cfs. Loads of white granite instead of blast rock. On the down side, the American is overworked i hear, the takeouts for a lot of these are back roads where only the riverrunners, weed growers, miners and meth heads hang, and the poison oak is obscene. As a colorado native Ive seen a lot of resentment towards Californians, but they are some of the nicest people I have met, I love me some poudre its my home, ive run pine creek with my dog, ive run pine creek in the snow. The best river is the one thats running, and the one I'm going to, or on. Every river has its own beauty, and rarely are the days when we wish "If only there were a little less water..." Hell, can't beat a day sittin on a raft paddling into the wind on the flat water on cataract. Lets just say the west, is the best, this whole Wonderfull shinning hemisphere, southern rivers, the Pacuare, New York boating, Arizona, Montana, The futa, Ecuador, cali colorado idaho... anywhere with rocks and gradient... Fuck it dude, lets go boating.
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Old 09-27-2019   #27
 
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I would agree Colorado sucks, no reason to come here at all!
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Old 09-27-2019   #28
 
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1 vote for Salida and the Arkansas... We move more folks down this river than anywhere else in the US I'm told
That is incorrect, the Ark move the most in CO but does not hold a candle the Eastern rivers that have a much larger population centers near by.
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Old 09-27-2019   #29
 
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So i was in Kernville the other day on my way home from Vegas and they had banners up calling themselves the whitewater capital of the west and the might be right. but lets debate.
Coloma has a good shot mabe Salida and the ARK?
Idaho has too many god dam permits and seems to be more spread out.
So on a normal water year what do u think is the whitewater capital of west?
Kernville Upper, Forks and lower
Coloma 3 forks of American + Giant Gap
I don't think ID or OR or CO can match either of those 2 places but enlighten me.....if u dare
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Old 09-27-2019   #30
 
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Congratulations to Whitewater Capital Kernville! Coloma is happy to be #2 in CA.
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