The Chutes at Union Ave aren't really class II/III. The waves are big. The eddies are powerful. The water is high enough that it is going over the spillway with many rocks in it. That would be an ugly place for a class II boater to be swept, in their boat or out of their boat.
A great class II/III run is the Chutes run below Deckers. It's fairly close to Denver, right up 285. The upper part is class II and gorgeous. The lower part is class III- but you can skip it.
If you want to do something in town, the S Platte from Chatfield to Union may be a nice run.
Hey, I'm a newbie, and a part of the group meeting thursday. I've paddlesd union numerous times up to over 1,000cfs. I've had numerous swims there some a little scary. I would also like to mention for those not familiar that the last drop can be pretty dangerous. Although I've only ever a seen a dog get worked in there, I've heard stories. I generally just skip it. Actually when it is high I will often stick to the top drop. Also hollywood(the second drop) can get weird(fun if you are good) at higher flows. I usually sneak it left.
cstrok makes a good point. Just make sure you are comfortable, and take the flows into consideration. I'll cross post to the group.
but won't be swimmin or paddlin for that matter sooooo that should cut down on the carnage factor!!! the doc told me 2 more weeks till I can really paddle but I do get to go to the pool starting today. yeaaa for me...
If your new to pushy water and think you might swim I highly recomend avoiding the #3 drop as I have said I swam it at 350ish cfs and it pushed me over the next drop, Thank god I had read my self-rescue book about keeping my feet up and leaning back and going with the flow till after the waves.
The #2 and #4 I made ok a few times just lean forward and paddle like you mean it....... by the way I don't have any kind of roll.
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