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Hello all,

The 2010 South Platte River Cleanup will be April 25th, 2010. For those of you that have participated in the past, there are some logistical changes for 2010. The website (4th Annual South Platte River Cleanup | April 25th, 2010) has been updated and contains all of the pertinent info.



Some things of note:
  • The route has changed for 2010
  • Please pre register. This will help the organizers with planning and you will get an extra raffle ticket.
  • We will have some outfitters participating that will provide guides, boats, PFD's, and paddles for those that do not have their own. We can not guarantee space on those rafts, but we should have at least 6 guides and rafts available.
  • For those without a lot of rafting experience, please refer to the http://www.southplattecleanup.com/pdfs/floaters_gear_list.
 

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Is a 16' raft OK, or too big for this?

Thanks for the interest in the event. A 16’ paddle raft would be doable. It would be tight in a few spots, so you would need to be a competent captain, but certainly doable. Using an oar frame with a 16’ raft would probably be a little much.

If you would like to ride in a smaller boat, there should be some available spaces.
 

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Corn Harvest on Saturday and River Clean up on Sunday. An action packed weekend.

Looking for a raft spot again this year if anyone has space. See you there.
 

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What about a 14'6" Vanguard with Oar frame?
Mad Max and the crew from http://raguides.com/ have taken their big cataraft down before with no issues. It is at least 40" between the tubes with 10' oars. There are always a half dozen or so 13' and 14' rafts with oar rigs at the cleanup and they do just fine. Anything with oars is creating a wide footprint though, but as long as you pay attention I wouldn't foresee any problems.

J-Rigs on the other hand might be pushing it :). We would be able to load it up with a lot of trash though.
 

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What kind of flows are needed to float this section?
You can get through at pretty low water. It's looking like we will have something in the 250-350 range so we should be okay. 200 and below means you'll have to get out and drag in a few places and may get stuck on some of the drop structures. If you're watching the flow, the Englewood gauge is the one to watch.
 

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Looking like its going to be way above the 250 300 mark. Union chutes is flowing 750 and confluence is flowing 3500. Might a exciting trip.
 

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Hello everyone,

Well, it looks like all the storms have passed. We are looking forward to a great day tomorrow. It appears the Union Shutes gage is not registering, but Confluence it dropping pretty significantly. I would predict flows around 800 or so. Hope to see everyone there!
 

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This year was the most organized with the best turn out yet! Even with high water I am truly amazed at just how much trash came out of that river. Everyone who came out should be very proud. Please make a point to support those who make this event happen, or at least give them a call and tell them thank you!
 

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Here's a few pics from the cleanup. The higher than normal flow made for some fun on the drop structures. Thanks to everyone that helped out, see you next year.
 

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What a great event! Congrats on pulling this off. I took our family for the 1st time this year and we'll be making this even a "must do" in future years.

Hats off to the cook!
 
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