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...is it worth a first time overnight(s) with kids...what is a good level...would pumphouse on be better...?pros cons to this or any thought along those lines for next spring...I've guided day trips in Alaska (Nenana) and in the Tetons on the Snake...so my experience is limited. Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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Isn't Pumphouse to Dotsero like 58 river miles??? That's a brutal overnight with kids. Look at splitting it up into shorter chunks for shorter days, of which there are several options. I'm mostly a day floater, so I'll let other folks chime in with their thoughts.


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There is definitely less traffic below state bridge, but also less camping. I suggest going from pump house down for a few reasons. 1. Kids can get in the hot springs unless water is too high 2. More camp spots but also more competition for those spots 3. More traffic at spots to abort trip if it's going poorly
 

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Hey Tom - I boated the Fraser with you a few years back. I've done several overnight trips on the upper C. May be doing it next weekend depending on weather...

Pumphouse to Catamount makes a great 1 night rafting trip. More scenic than the lower section, and the camping is better. Windy point camp has several sites with grills, picnic benches, lots of trees, and even has a pit toilet. Drawback is people can drive to it so not as "rustic." Forgot the name of the camp above it but there are several old cabins that the kids may like to check out. 1,000 - 3,000 would be good for the kids. You'll likely do fine at any level, but I think lower water would be better for the kids first time unless you have a good crew and want to take chances with swims. I'm assuming you are rowing?

Below Catamount the camps are few and far between. Burns rodeo rapid and twin bridges can be tricky. I ran it over 10,000 cfs so maybe they are less of an issue at lower water? There will be a lot less people here - you may even have the river to yourselves, but I like the upper section better.

Either way you should bring earplugs and prepare for the train to wake everyone up several times per night.

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Eagle County Open Space is working at opening up the lower section to support exactly what you want to do. Sometimes they post on MB, but it might be worth a call to talk with them.
 
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