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Barrel Springs Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Colorado River

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Upper death
  • Barrel Springs & Lower Death 11,000cfs
  • Barrel Springs and Glenwood Whitewater Park
  • Barrel Springs Info
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    Put In:  Hanging Lake Exit
    Take Out:  Exit 121 or Exit 123
    Difficulty:  Class IV + < 2000 cfs , Class V >2000-6000 cfm
    Gradient:  84 ft/mi
    Run Length:  2.2 miles
    Current Streamflow:  1320 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:15 AM - COLORADO RIVER BELOW GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO, reading taken from USGS
    Flow Information (phone):  Watertalk 303-831-7135; 5*, 4* subtract about 1000 cfs from this reading and the graph above.
    Good Level:  1500-6000 cfs
    Season Comments:  April, May, June, July
    Permit:  No permit required
    Character/Similar To:  This is the meat of the Glenwood Canyon section of the Colorado River. Extremely fast and pushy water at high flows with very large waves at high water and gnarly rocks at lower water. The Barrel Springs run is usually done in conjunction with the Shoshone run.
    Hazards:  Spectacular Class V drops that can provide a thrashing, even for the expert boater. Upper Death Rapid is run only at certain levels. Most people put-in below it.
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
    Land Ownership:  Mixed
    Wilderness:  No
    Camping on River:  No
    Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 142 miles West of Denver
    Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Exit 125 to Hanging Lake off of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Can only be reached by east bound traffic.

    Take-out: If doing this run individually the take-out is Exit 123 off of eastbound I-70. If run in conjunction with the Shoshone run, the take-out is at Exit 121 off of eastbound I-70.

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