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How is the river running from Apple Valley down to the play park in Lyons? Is it running deep enough to take some beginners down the mellow section, or is back to being ankle deep?
 

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you'll want at least 160 cfs of flow on the the north fork for this run. Its a really good beginner run. There are only two drops of note. The first is within 1/4 mile of the apple valley bridge. Its a log jam with a chute down the river right side. If you're nervous about this one, portage on river left. The second comes right above the top of the play park. Just ride this one straight down the middle and ya should be fine.
 

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So you think if the play park is running 104 right now, that it will be bottom scraping? Think it would still be worth tubing instead?
 

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The play park itself might be worth running for beginners. It'd be super scrappy towards the bottom part. The drops themselves in the actual play park would be excellent for beginners. It's actually where I had my first river run. If you're lookin for a good beginner run around the area my best suggestion is the filter plant run on the poudre. The level is still very good up there right now. Filter plant is super easy with one exciting/easy class III rapid towards the last 1/3 of the run.
 

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Thanks man. So you wouldn't even suggest the run from Apple Valley down to the play park even for tubing right now?
 

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na, it really needs more flow to be worth anything unless you're gonna do some playboating in black bear. I'd strongly suggest the filter plant as a beginner run. Its got a little bit of play, lots of eddies, and easy lines.
 

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The run from apple valley to the play park (through the play park actually) is perfect for tubing.
 
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