Current Waterton flows are a good intro to bigger water I think. At least there is a lake at the bottom. Foxton is also a good time right now.
I don't know if the Taylor is the absolute best choice right now, just for the fact that swims at this flow can suck and last longer than you would expect. But of course YMMV.....Lower Blue is fun at high water. Milk Run and Trading Post to Texas Creek on the Ark are big class 3 wave trains at this flow. Taylor River is at a fantastic level right now with a ton of class 3. Maybe Woody Creek/Toothache on the Roaring Fork if you haven't ran it...
For Dave and his son they would love it. I wouldn't call it a beginner run but a continous, fun intermediate run that isn't at flood stage. Its one of the few class 3 runs in the state that is still within its banks (at least in the Canyon). Long drive from Boulder though...I don't know if the Taylor is the absolute best choice right now, just for the fact that swims at this flow can suck and last longer than you would expect. But of course YMMV.....
Cheeseman isn't running. What your seeing is the outflow of Cheeseman reservoir. Cheeseman Canyon is subject to the same releases as Elevemile, plus the addition of Tarryal Creek. The flow below Cheeseman is what feeds Deckers.I am seeing two different readings,
but i have been very interested in Eleven mile canyon on the South Platte, and AW says its too low (97cfs) , but cheesman is running at 429cfs, but the river navigo app on my ipone says eleven mile is also running 429cfs. If it is....hopefully someones getting some of that... It looks like awesome III/IV creeking...(minus the V's top and bottom)
USGS Current Water Data for Colorado
American Whitewater - 01. Eleven Mile Canyon, South Platte Colorado, US
River brain sez 90 cfs too :/
South Platte River - River Brain
either way its worth keepin an eye on....
Oh and New mexico is getting our miniscule spike for the summer so the LTB and Race course are at fun levels.... I wouldnt drive down here either though :mrgreen: