Problem is accessing it- because of flooding closures in Chatfield, you have to park on the north side of C470 and walk down the path to the dog park to get to the wave. Or possibly park in the industrial area off 85 and walk in from there. Either way, you'll be carrying your boat a ways. But it could be worth it & fun - let me know if you're going to try to get in there, I may join you...
There aren't any long stretches of whitewater from Chatfield to Union. There are a few drop stuctures with boat chutes that create holes/rapids, one is right at the put-in, then there is a a small drop just above the bridge at Mineral, and then three nice drops adjacent to
Reynolds Park/Breckenridge Brewery. The rest is a fairly scenic float that moves quickly at this level.
Surfed the wave just below the reservoir yesterday evening. Super glassy and fun on a SUP. Not sure if it would be worth the hike for a kayak. Also, a buddy of mine went to surf it today and ran into a ranger who said ALL activity on the South Platte is currently prohibited and comes with a $100 fine.
It took me about 8 minutes on a bike to get there from the north side of C470, and my buddy about 30 minutes to walk.
That is the slowest Wave in Colorado...I'd like to peer down at the actual outflow, about 150 yds.upstream ,it is scary at 1000(not runnable)...I wonder what C470 put in drop does this high...Dave the only 'busy' sections are Reynolds Landing to Lee Gulch - 3 pairs of drops,Union plus U-hole( and rapid) and Oxford rapid/playspot ,and Confluence to Trestle,but there are many other singular drops or playspot widely scattered separated by flat water: C470,Mineral,Public Service,Florida,Mississippi A& B,Alameda,DeadDog / Waterworks,and Zuni..DeadDog is a serious rapid this high.. some playspots like Public Service look pretty mean...
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