Hey There Rafting Families!
Just a quick post saying that there's plenty of rafting get in before this year ends. If you're like us and live in the Denver Area, you can hit the Pumphouse section of the Colorado River which is running at 1170 CFS. That's a pretty fun level. There is plenty of camping along the river for those who want to do a multi-day trip.
You can also run the Colorado though Glenwood Canyon if you'd like. It's running around 1600 CFS, and a fun 2200 once is confluences with the Roaring Fork (right in Glenwood). Although I love floating the Roaring Fork, 600 CFS is a bit low for my boat when it's full of kids.
As I posted last week, the Green River is also a safe bet. The A and B section of the Green is fun for families and for the most part is perfect for beginners. The only rapid to beware of is Red Creek Rapid. Do your homework on this one. Going right is most fun, left is much easier but is a rock garden. We always go right, but suggest the newcomers might want to go left. Lodore Canyon of the Green is always a great float. Keep in mind that you need to get a permit. I'll post a link to where you can check for cancellations shortly.
Ok, we also still have the Lower Blue, below Green Mountain Reservoir, but at 517 its days are numbered. We floated it a few weeks ago and had a blast. Oh, and a shout out to Canyon Coolers! We had our cooler roll down the bank about 75' and it still looks brand new. If you're in the market for bomber coolers, I'd like to make a strong suggestion for Canyon Coolers!
Ok, that's it for now. We are planning a few floats before the season ends and hope to get out some new families. Thanks again to Chris Frazee of Maravia, Jan at Stitches-n-Stuff who helped us outfit our boats for our Families On The River Program.
Go here if you ever want to check river flows as you plan a trip.
Bill Strong Denver