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Old 06-11-2019   #1
Denver, Colorado
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San Juan 6/25 kids

Weíve got a launch for the full San Juan in 6/25. Kids age 8 and 6 have sit on top kayaks and love them. 8 year old is strong and athletic. Anybody run it with kids at high water? Is there a level at which itís all moving fast and you wouldnít take the sit on tops?
Currently itís running around 9k, higher than weíve ever run it. I donít want to bring and carry them in a raft, but also donít want to wish we had them. Biggest worry is itís too big and they get flipped or scared. Is there enough flat water for them to play in or small wave trains that have nice pools below.
Last year, they loved the flats in them, we did the upper section low and slow.
Thanks for any advice, feel free to share tips or experiences.

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Old 06-21-2019   #2
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Just got off the san juan with my 8 month old, just went to mexican hat. launched at 11k and the river was more like the colorado than the san juan. we ran the rapids around 6k, 8 foot was definitely a rapid, 4 ft and ledge were just waves, there were a few random holes here and there in between. It was just above 5K when we got off and it was much mellower than the days before. I cant speak of below mexican hat as ive only seen it around 1200.
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