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Tributary - Anthracite Creek, Ruby Fork Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Gunnison River

Tributary - Anthracite Creek, Ruby Fork Info
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Put In:  Bridge over Ruby Fork
Take Out:  Erikson Springs Campground
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  Average 207 fpm, Highest 385 fpm
Run Length:  11 miles
Good Level:  600 - 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek. Subtract the Muddy Creek below Paonia Reservoir Flow from the North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset Flow for an accurate flow on this creek
Season Comments:  May, June
Primary Season:  This section of river usually runs during normal snow melt season. Expect this section to run in May and June
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This is a long section of creek that demands an alert boater. The upper 5 miles are mostly class V, some rapids will require portaging because of wood. Expect alot of rocks and be ready to abuse your boat. Once the lower 5 miles is reached expect a very scenic canyon and clean class IV drops until the take out.
Hazards:  The upper 5 miles contains many class V drops. Erosion in this young creek bed is constantly changing rapids and filling them with wood. At the put in there is a large portage through thick brush before you actually put in and run the creek.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Public forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Erikson Springs Campground at the take out
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 220 miles (4 hours 33 minutes) Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: Take out at Erikson’s Springs Campground

Put In: From Crested Butte take Kebler Pass Road, the put in is at the intersection of the road and the creek.

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