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Oh-Be-Joyful Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Gunnison River

Oh-Be-Joyful Info
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Put In:  1 mile up from the Slate
Take Out:  before slate confluence
Difficulty:  Class V
Gradient:  400 fpm
Run Length:  1 mile
Current Streamflow:  89 cfs @ 10/13/2006 06:00 AM - SLATE RIVER NEAR CRESTED BUTTE, CO., reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  400 - 2,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this creek. Flows for this section of river are dependant on current snowpack.

Season Comments:  May, June, July
Primary Season:  This usually runs during normal snowmelt season. Most years this will run May through July
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Some of the best scenery in Colorado, many different sized waterfalls and slides.
Hazards:  Scout every drop and waterfall on this run for wood. The most hazardous section of this creek is the shuttle drive. During the shuttle you will drive through the Slate River, many trips on OBJ have been ended because stuck shuttle vehicles.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Public Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Oh-Be-Joyful Campground
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 236 (5 hours 25 minutes) Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Crested Butte take Gothic Road north and turn left onto CO Road 734 towards Pittsburgh. The take out is just above the confluence with the Slate River.

Put In: Drive or hike up the dirt road for about a mile to reach the put in. Put in below Ankle Breaker Falls.

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