North Platte River – Kayak/Canoe, 2019

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As noted in my previous post about our July float on the Gunnison River, the water levels were late in falling to what we call normal water flow levels. The North Platte River was higher than normal, but it looked like a low enough level so we gave it a try (about 1050 cfs). Like the Gunnison it seems to smooth out and actually Continue reading

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Gunnison River, Float – 2019

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It’s a little later than normal for our first river float, but the water levels in the reservoirs are really high this year (2019) and additional water is being released causing some rivers to have higher flow rates than I’ve seen since I began floating rivers around 10 years ago. We planned to go a few weeks ago, but weren’t sure about safety, and this week it looked like the water levels Continue reading

Colorado River – Kayaking – 2018

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Earlier in the year us river rats discussed floating the Yampa and the Gunnison rivers. But, as the Colorado spring remained fairly dry, and work and personal schedules made June trips difficult, it became clear that those rivers just weren’t going to work for us this year.  So, we headed back out to the Colorado River for a float through the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons section, west of Fruita, Colorado.

We arrived on a hot, August, Saturday evening, stopping for dinner at El Tapatio restaurant just off of I-70 at Exit 19. This is very convenient as it is right across the road from James M. Robb State Park which is where most of us were camping for Continue reading

Antero Reservoir, Colorado

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I’ve driven US 24 from Hartsel to Johnson Village in Colorado far more times than I can remember and have always driven past the entrances to Antero Reservoir . I’ve heard various stories over the years, like it went dry, it was open again, it was drained to fix the dam, etc. Well, it’s open again and I put it on my list of places to take the kayaks. There is a North Entrance which has a boat ramp and Continue reading

Colorado River, Ruby-Horsethief – Kayak

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Well, the summer seems almost gone and I finally got out for a river trip. John and family took a raft this year, while Marty had his Old Town canoe, but also a new kayak. This trip would be on the Colorado River, passing through   Continue reading

Twin Lakes, Colorado – Kayaking, 2016

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Great paddling conditions at Twin Lakes

Over the August 20-21 weekend we went to kayak a new lake for us, Twin Lakes, Colorado. I’ve driven by the lakes while traveling over Independence Pass, and even around it to the west end so I could backpack into Big Willis Gulch. Jeff brought his pop-up camper with his new truck, while Lisa and I carried his kayak and our tandem on the Avalanche. We had been   Continue reading

North Platte River – Foote to Ft. Steele – Wyoming

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Calm water on the North Platte River, Wyoming

Two years ago I floated the North Platte River between the Foote put-in (North of Saratoga) and the I-80 take-out at the Fort Steele takeout. This year I was invited to float it again with one of the same guys as last time, and his youngest son, and another guy and his youngest son, for a three-day, two night trip on the river. Check out my previous post for additional information.  This year the water flow was   Continue reading