I guess I would agree with outlaw words like pinnnacle and caliber in terrms of northwestern river systems on the surface seem sophomoricI'd say Hood River and Bend are the pinnacle. Boise is pretty good but I'm not sure it's the same caliber of HR.
Outlaw... maybe perchance your attitude and personality scare people away from boating with you? You seem like kind of a drain / buzzkill. Not how I want to spend my time on the river.
That's because it's hard to recommend an area/river that only runs for a couple months a year.... the Ark Valley has more consistent water, but still not really comparable to the PNW for year round boating, plus it's getting so crowded around here that the majority of people can't afford rent anymore.Not a lot of love for CO on here, but how could you not say Fort Collins?? College town with great people, great beer, beautiful women, and a short drive to the Poudre which has anything from Cl I-V.
Also, Salida is a great location for boating and skiing. Heavy commercial presence means lots of tourists and a crowded river, but a great place.
In general, its hard not to go with somewhere in CO with 300+ days of sun.