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Once again the creek has enough water to paddle rafts. We've seen oar rigs big and small, paddle rafts and duckies. Some stretches are easier than others, and some are quite difficult. A half decent crew should be fine from 6th street down. Toni rocks the Aire 156E with ten foot oars from the canyon mouth, above little niagra, to 30th or 38th. Put in above the play park for some hole punching action, and I know some folks have launched from 4 mile or higher, but it is real class four up there with rocks that your rubber may not appreciate.

The downstream side of 30th is the better take out, but you will need to carry the boat 75 + feet.

The trees get thicker below 30th, and I have yet to float below 38th this year, but it can be floated as far as 55th, I believe; one can float way east of there with kayaks only and a few portages. P.H. floated all the way to the confluence at low water several weeks ago.

Anyway we've had the boat out a bunch and it really seems under used by rafts. Saturday we did a family mission to the farmers market for lunch.

The kayak play through town is pretty darn good, at least for a creek boater with a kid. Lots of good front surf spots, as well as easy spins and cartwheels for those with more skill than me. one or two spots that might give up a loop.

The class 4 up in the canyon is really fun and continuous.

Come check it out; it only happens a few times per decade.

Flows have settled down a bit, but I think its just from cooler days. There is a lot of snow left to melt.
 

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The holes through the play park can get a little munchy. Riley regularly walks from the double drop through the widow maker. Below the park the holes are not as bad, but you need to be on your toes for minor wood and be ready to paddle. From what little I know from reading your posts, you should be fine. I'd be happy to escort you down at present flows.

Anyone who takes me up on that offer should have good float bags. I hate chasing boasts with no floatation!
 

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The holes through the play park can get a little munchy. Riley regularly walks from the double drop through the widow maker. Below the park the holes are not as bad, but you need to be on your toes for minor wood and be ready to paddle. From what little I know from reading your posts, you should be fine. I'd be happy to escort you down at present flows.

Anyone who takes me up on that offer should have good float bags. I hate chasing boasts with no floatation!
I was thinking 4 mile down… ;)
 

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Rafted two laps Friday after work and definitely agree with Dave that it is super fun and good to go after flood restoration work.

Got beta from deepsouth and others on CC last Thursday that Fate Brewing is the new takeout of choice. Have to agree. Pull out on the left just after going under the Arapahoe bridge. Direct access to the Fate Patio!
 

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Dave when are you running it today? There's a slight chance I'd be down a little later but I'm pretty destroyed from a mountain bike ride this morning… even my fingers are cramping… *cough* Imapussy *cough* Might at least go take a look this evening and maybe fire it up tomorrow if anyone else is game?

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Hi all - I'm new here and am hoping to raft down Boulder creek with someone experienced. Anyone going down soon in a raft? Would love to tag along. I'm thinking the stretch from about 6th to the Arapahoe bridge.

I recently inherited a bucket boat that I've lovingly patched and it's now ready for it's inaugural run. I've got oars but would also be into paddling if someone had a few paddles. Thanks.

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Hey Dan,

We have tentative plans for a Saturday, later morning run with lunch at the Farmers' Market. There may be other after work runs as well.

What size is your boat? What else have you rowed? I would definitely have another along as a bailer. Even from 6th down, there are a few good hits where you'll take on some water. It's tight and you want to make sure you can move when you need to.

I put in above the dam near Eben G. I don't think I'd want to do that in a bucket boat, it's continuous and you need to be on your game. Believe it or not, some of those ledges are sticky enough to spin/surf a 16' Aire and I've been tossed. I think the 600s are stickiest.

That being said, I love it! It's super fun for me and has the bonus of being in my backyard.
 

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It's a 14 ft. Riken Pioneer. I've rowed the wild and scenic stretch of the Rogue in Oregon a few times and the Snake through Hell's Canyon, but haven't been at the oars in about a year and a half.

I rode my bike along the creek to check it out today and it looked to me like under Broadway and some trees around 30th st. could be the most challenging spots. Thoughts?

I'm gone Saturday unfortunately but keep me in mind if you do an after work run next week. Thanks for the response!
 

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I would love to jump in on an r2 if someone needs a paddler, anytime after work I'm free. No boat at the moment but just moved to Boulder and need to get some river time.


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Hey Dan,

We have tentative plans for a Saturday, later morning run with lunch at the Farmers' Market. There may be other after work runs as well.

What size is your boat? What else have you rowed? I would definitely have another along as a bailer. Even from 6th down, there are a few good hits where you'll take on some water. It's tight and you want to make sure you can move when you need to.

I put in above the dam near Eben G. I don't think I'd want to do that in a bucket boat, it's continuous and you need to be on your game. Believe it or not, some of those ledges are sticky enough to spin/surf a 16' Aire and I've been tossed. I think the 600s are stickiest.

That being said, I love it! It's super fun for me and has the bonus of being in my backyard.
Any specific time Saturday? Have run it several times in my 12' cat from 500 to 1100, but never at 500. Lunch at Farmers Market sounds good.
 

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Just downstream of 30th St bridge is a very good takeout.
Short, level carry to truck parking.
Take out at Fate Brewery at 38th St might be a Class 4 takeout, but there is a brewery:) .
 
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