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It's the Holiday - Let's Go Boating --- Eagle River near Vail --- class II-111

It's the Holiday - Let's Go Boating

~~~Eagle River near Vail ~~~

class II-III (1 short class III rapid at higher water)

Inflatable kayaks will be perfect for this low water run, rafts good too.

Canoes (with inflation and experienced paddlers), WW kayakers looking for a mellow day on the water.

Let's go celebrate the 4th with some fun in the sun and on the water.


If coming from GJ, meet at Palisade Park n Ride at 8 AM. Plan to be gone all day.

The drive to the put-in at the Edwards Treatment Plant is 118 miles from GJ, <=2 hours drive.

If you are not caravaning/ carpooling, meet at the Wilcott BLM pull out , just a mile past the town of Wilcott at the Colorado River at 10 AM. We will meet at the TAKE-OUT then drive together to the put-in, at the Edwards Treatment Center, near Edwards.


  • Boat of choice (IK, WW kayak, raft <preferably 14' or less>) & paddles/oars
  • Helmet (we may not wear them much but please at least have it in the boat)
  • PFD - personal flotation device or lifejacket
  • Splash protection - paddle jacket, rain clothes, wet suit, etc.
  • River shoes - sandals with rear heel straps or old sneakers, etc
  • Sun protection - broad brimmed hat, long sleeve shirt, sun screen, etc.
  • Lunch & drinking water (please limit or restrict consuming adult beverages on the river. I know you are all adults and will do what you think is right for you.)
  • Beverages & treats in the cooler in the car for after the river
  • Dry clothes & shoes in the car


Please state in your RSVP what boat you will be bringing and if you have room for any passengers, paddlers or . . .

If you need to be a passenger, please be sure you do something nice for those who provide you boat space. It is OK to be a passenger a few times; but, please start thinking about renting, borrowing or buying after you have been on someone else's boat 3 or 4 times (unless they are your significant other???).


If you KNOW your dog is OK on moving water in the boat you will be in today, then OK. Please do not make today FIDO's 1st trip to the river. Try him/her out on the GJ or Montrose town runs first, please.


As long as they are properly geared up, SURE bring them along, on your own boat.


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

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  • Three D.

    Great way to spend the 4th of July in this beautiful country we live in. God Bless America..!! Lots of fun on the water and still home in time for the fireworks. Once again I learned a how to properly park a boat on a large rock. Was able to do it twice (once it was nearly even "high-and-dry"--Now that takes real talent).
    Special thanks to 1Doug for letting me use your boat. It is a super little watercraft and handles like a dream. One of the fishermen we passed yelled," Nice Puma--I have one and just love it."

    July 5, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    It was a very fun run today at 585 cfs but at[masked] this would really be rocking class II with a spot or 2 of III. Warm, clear water. Virtually no other boaters, even very few fishermen (was it the holiday? low water? or is this just a well kept secret?). Paddled in neoprene shorts and a quick drying synthetic tee shirt it was so warm - water and air were perfect temps, though I do not know what either was.

    July 4, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Just the best thing to do on a July 4th... Rollicky little stream with just enough bounce and rocks to keep us on our toes. Bet that one trestle would be a force to contend with with higher water.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Holey cow! What a beautiful river! With the water this low, about 600 CSF, it was a bit rocky and Class II. But enough drops to make it exciting!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Beautiful boulders to avoid; lots of nice pillows and holes. Everyone stayed in their boat, though everyone got twirled on a rock top. Altogether a fun and cooling river...

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Three D.

    If I can get it finished (add floor and cargo area to the frame I put on it) I will bring my new little cat-a-raft which I want to try out. This sounds like just the trip for its "Maiden Voyage".

    July 2, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Wow so much more fun than fireworks and very patriotic!

    July 1, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Water level/ flow information Weather (bring a rain coat & good hat to shed rain if we get a passing squal) Detailed driving directions to the take-out

    July 1, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Mary and I can probably bring a double kayak that 2 people can use and I can captain a paddle raft with 1 or 2 (maybe 3?) paddlers if they are light to medium weight (me being the heavy :-( )

    July 1, 2013

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