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Raft or Kayak the Roaring Fork River on the Super Moon Summer Solstice

   Raft or Kayak the beautiful Roaring Fork River near Carbondale

Not only is this weekend during the Summer Solstice, but this day is also when the moon will be  rising at it's closest position to the earth, creating a Super Moon rise at 9:00 pm! It must be a GREAT day for running the river!!

We'll put in on the Chrystal River, or on the Roaring Fork, near Carbondale, depending on flow,   and take out on the Colorado at the Glenwood River Park.

Here is a link and map to the Bob Terrell Boat Launch Ramp in Carbondale where we'll put in:

http://www.riverbrain.com/river_access/show/713

The Glenwood Springs web site says:

"Carbondale -- To float the lower section of the Roaring Fork River, launch your boat at Carbondale under Highway 133. This section has great views of Mount Sopris and fun Class II and III rapids with names like Slaughterhouse, Cemetery and Pink to Black. You can take out at the Westbank Bridge, Veltus Park or Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. - See more at: http://www.visitglenwood.com/rafting#sthash.dlm2s1G8.LH5hDfwH.dpuf"

Although this river is rated II to III, depending on the water level, it is rocky with many obstacle  outcroppings and tricky maneuvering.

Southwest Paddler describes the run:

 "The Cemetery run, as this is sometimes called, sounds scary but it is actually the least demanding and easiest section of the Roaring Fork River. Starting just above the town of Glenwood Springs, this a is 9 mile, class II+ to III whitewater run with a gradient of only about 29 fpm. Paddlers also have an option to paddle to the confluence with the Colorado River, then down the Colorado to any available take-out if a longer trip is desired. About 7.3 miles into the run is Cemetery Rapid, the only Class III drop on this section, and it is not technically difficult."

Plan to bring your kayak or small raft and enjoy the day! ( Please stay in the water, not on the rocks.) This is the perfect river for trying out a rental kayak or raft from Colorado Mesa University's Outdoor Education Office.

  1. What to bring:
  2. * life jacket
  3. * helmet
  4. * kayak or raft ( or secure a seat on one)
  5. * lunch and water or beverage
  6. * dry bag for your stuff
  7. * extra change of dry clothes
  8. * water proof jacket (you will get wet)
  9. * sun screen
  10. * water socks and water proof shoes or booties or river sandals

 

Remember, the water was snow melt you were skiing on just months ago, so it will be cold. Better to bring more water proof clothes in your dry bag, then not enough!

Call Laney at[masked] if you have any questions!

 

                                  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Incredible day. Thanks to Laney and all who participated.

    June 25, 2013

  • marti and john c.

    Great float! Thanks for getting it together Laney.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One fun time. Thanks Laney.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful day, great group of people, beautiful scenery,and lots of fun riding in David's boat, he'ssuch a good Captain! Yes, Laney, I think you have recruited a new river rat or should I say river rafter, had a great time, thanx! Can't wait til next time!

    June 24, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful day with 3 rafts and 10 kayaks! We had a great group of friends and water craft. Kelley and Ryan give a shout out and thanks to David for the rafting adventure. I think we might have a new kayak recruit, right Barbara? FUN DAY!

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Wonderful day on the beautiful Roaring Fork River!

    June 23, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Yes, Brenna, John and Marti will be waiting at the put in at Carbondale at 9:00 or earlier as they are coming from Montrose. We plan to arrive in Glenwood at about 8:45. I don't see your phone number listed in RSVP questions. My e-mail is [masked]. If you'll send your phone number, I'll call you when we are about 1/2 hour away from Glenwood. We plan to arrive at the put in at Carbondale at 9:30.

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Laney, I'll see you in Palisade at 7:00am. I will be glad to pick up riders who want to leave their car at Two Rivers and drive up to Carbondale. I will need to drive my car to the put in due to the fact that I need to carry my kayak on my roof. Will not be returning to Junction that evening.

      June 22, 2013

  • Brenna O

    I live in glenwood springs so wondering if everyone is meeting at the put in at 9:30 am. So I know what time to show up since it will only be about a 15 minute drive for me. thanks.

    June 22, 2013

  • Laney H.

    We have folks coming from Montrose who will be driving over McClure Pass, so a put in at the 84 and 133 bridge launch site in Carbondale will give us a nice, long run down to Two Rivers Park in Glenwood.

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If we are meeting the Montrose folks at 9:30am at the put in, is it necessary to leave town at 7:00am with a 1 1/2hr drive?

      June 21, 2013

  • Brenna O

    a friend of mine will be coming also. She has her own boat.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has it been decided where you'll put in? I may be staying up valley and will meet you at the put in on Sunday morning

    June 19, 2013

  • Three D.

    I'll probably go over McClure Pass and meet you all at the put-in. Then shuttle my own take-out vehicle down and catch a ride back up.

    June 18, 2013

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