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well I was going to try to stop advertising this too much, just ran into a couple locals on the lower blue who didn't seem too pleased that everyone in CO would be up there that weekend, but if it's not even just us blabbing, we may as well make a coordinated attack!!

so who would be into the idea of a more "organized" group of boaters? (now there's an oxymoron! :roll: ) maybe all of us descend on the campground up there and have one big rip roarin party for the weekend?? as opposed to a bunch of fringe groups of boaters warily sneaking a glance at the next, just make it a given that we all acknowledge eachother? maybe somone knows a local with some land we could camp on? cabins in heeney?

not a "fest" or a sponsored thing, but if we got enough momentum I bet we could even get a band or two, probably some kegs, etc? it's really going to be a madhouse, might as well organize the efforts??

so if this is the dumbest thing you've heard yet, tell me quick and I'll delete this post, but if too many people read it....
 

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While 500 cfs going through Boulder Canyon is much better that anything happening on the Lower Blue, it's not the sweetest run around. It's short, with cold water, not much play and has a creeky-like feel. Not really a good beginner run like the Lower. It always runs in the spring with the melt and is worth the effort with a lot of water - >1000cfs.

But since it is the end of the season and nothing else has water, it will be a great time. The Blue River campground will be hard to get a spot at and they will not let you launch there if you don't have one. That's OK cause you can launch farther downstream and avoid the RVers and some flatwater.

If it was me, I'd get the folks together and camp/rage at Green Mountain Res, organize your shuttle and have the option of running either, depending on skill levels and whatnot and even send a crew to Gore from there. You could perhaps even run the Upper Blue into the res for a long day. Have fun!
 

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The cat is way out of the bag on this one! The rafting companies are on this like a fly on poop! Maybe, it will be like Browns Canyon on the weekend or worse?

I also heard from someone speaking on a condition of anonymity, that it may run this weekend??
 

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good point, I had thought about the res as well, and you're probably right.

have we done the calculations that say it'll likely be 500? I saw it begin, but haven't followed the discussion...



I'll bring my box of fireworks and my 4 wheeler! Let's get everyone up there!

ummm... :?
 

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from denver water:

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Dillon Reservoir Rafting Release
Labor Day Weekend, 2004
Prepared by Denver Water, August 17, 2004

Notes:
• All flow rates and times are approximate and are subject to change.
• Remember to allow for the travel time of the water between the dam and your location on the river.
• This release schedule follows the outflow ramping guidelines plus modifications by DOW.

Thursday Afternoon and Evening (September 2):
Ramp outflow from 110 to 200 cfs beginning at 4 pm

Friday Morning (September 3):
Ramp outflow from 200 to 640 cfs beginning at 7 am
The flow should reach 500 cfs by late morning and 640 cfs by 1 pm

Friday Afternoon and Evening (September 3):
Ramp outflow from 640 to 400 cfs beginning at 4 pm

Saturday Morning (September 4):
Ramp outflow from 400 to 640 cfs beginning at 7 am
The flow should reach 640 cfs by 9 am

Saturday Afternoon and Evening (September 4):
Ramp outflow from 640 to 400 cfs beginning at 4 pm

Sunday Morning (September 5):
Ramp outflow from 400 to 640 cfs beginning at 7 am
The flow should reach 640 cfs by 9 am

Sunday Evening (September 5):
Ramp outflow from 640 to 400 cfs beginning at 4 pm

Monday Morning (September 6):
Ramp outflow from 400 to 500 cfs beginning at 7 am
The flow should reach 500 cfs by 8 am

Monday Afternoon and Evening (September 6):
Ramp outflow from 500 to minimum slide gate (approximately 350 cfs) beginning at 4 pm

Tuesday Morning (September 7):
Begin ramping down to full generation (approximately 110 cfs) at 7 am

Explanation. The water being released from Dillon Reservoir belongs to Green Mountain Reservoir and will be stored in Green Mountain. Despite the continuing drought, favorable operating conditions and the support of Summit County, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Valley water users, State Engineer’s Office and Colorado River District has allowed Denver Water to schedule this delivery to provide whitewater boating over the Labor Day weekend. The increased flow will help scour sediments from the river bed to improve fishery conditions. The event was schedule over Labor Day to minimize the effect on summer boating on Dillon Reservoir. Enjoy the water and please thank these agencies for their support.

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Blue River Campground

Does anyone know if the Blue River Camground has reservations or is it all first come/first serve? I do not see this campground on Reserve America.
 

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I think it's first come first served, there is a manager on-site. Try this number thought - 970-468-5400. Have fun!
 

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as far as locals being upset. Although i live in denver now I use to live in Breck. Still have a place there and boat with my buds of the last 20 years outa there. So as far as the local attitude is one of yea it will be crowded but crowded water is better than no water. it is intermediate water and with the gore and lower going the yakers should be spread out and go late or early and you should miss the rafts. just like browns.

Having been a local in numerous cool spots I always chuckle when "locals get upset" becuse my experience has been that the "locals" that are upset are the 1 to 3 year locals that still haven't realized that living in a tourist town means well Tourist which include day trippers from the city. This has been my local run for over 20 years and i am stoked I'll be there every day for multiple runs with numerous people. I paddle a blue session+ and drive a green honda passport if you have ? or wanna have a beverage afterwords. peace sj Ps i would camp at green mountain or cabin at heeney the hiway is right by the river camp ground
 

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Rager on the Res - Labor Day

Any new news with coordinating a "Rager on the Res" party. Its a great idea and we shouldn't let it lose steam. Let's keep it going. I know there are a few of us non-locals that are planning on coming up for the releases.
 

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In exchange for a place to lay my sleeping bag, I can provide a Stihl chainsaw and a load of wood... Need a BIG fire to rage around now don't we !!!!

:D :) :eek: :lol: :twisted:
 

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Info please...

Can somebody provide a little more information on the difficulty of the Upper Blue run? I've read the description in CRC2, but looking for a few more details. Perhaps a comparison to other rivers in CO. Just don't want to get in over my head and don't know anybody who has run this section yet.

Thanks!
Laurie
 

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so I called the dillon ranger dist number, and they sent me to the site www.dillonrangerdistrict.com to check out campgrounds. it looks like most of them are designated (read limited) sites, with vehicle and person limits as well. the davis campground looks like it may be good for us, as it is undeveloped, with a large looking parking area, and only five dollar fees per vehicle (tho it does say room for 7 vehicles, I wonder if that's enforced...) likely we could just sort of "take it over" early and the look of us should run off any non-boaters :wink:

don't know how it does for fire rings, etc, but I would think there was something...

So is there anyone who can make it up friday? it wouldn't hurt to lay claim to any extent we can...


laurie, I bet there'll either be enough people to keep an eye on you, or there'll be a crew ready for the lower run, but at least you can come for the party!!

anyone got a geetar or drums?? :D
 

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just spoke with a ranger and the davis campground sounds a little tight. there is legal, but as of yet undesignated, camping at the takeout for the upper run (just about where 9 crosses the blue) that we may be able to use. toilets but nothing else. a firepan would be good.

that's all I got for now!! sounds like fun!!!!
 

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Put In and Take Out

CRC shows the Upper Blue as only 3 miles. Put in Quaking Creek Take Out Columbine Landing. Any other suggestions?
 

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I understand there are put ins above and take outs below the three mile III+/IV- section, if you want to extend the run? I heard it was mostly II water, private land, and there could be a lot of fishermen? Can anyone recommend other put-ins and take-outs to extend the run. Is there any lowhead dams, manmade , or wierd stuff to contend with above or below the III+/IV- section? Thanks for the input.
 

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I spoke with one of the rangers and they said it was "not recommended" to boat beyond the columbine take out, mostly because it is all private land and if anything were to happen, a rescue would constitute trespassing. nothing about "you'll die if you go down there" so it's hard to say. all I gots. :?
 
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