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Tributary - Buzzard Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Colorado River

Tributary - Buzzard Creek Info
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Put In:  64.30 RD
Take Out:  Collbran
Difficulty:  Class IV
Gradient:  Average 143 fpm, Highest 190 fpm
Run Length:  7 miles
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek
Season Comments:  May
Primary Season:  This creek usually runs in May only after a large snowpack
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class IV whitewater that is a great introduction run into harder creeks.
Hazards:  About half way through the run there is a 3/4" cable that drops into the river. This cable has caused some carnage in the past, if you see it in time it is easily avoidable by portaging or scraping down the side of the river. Also there may be fences crossing the river in a few places.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 235 miles (4 hours 10 minutes) West of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From I-70 take Exit 49 towards Collbran, continue through Collbran until crossing over Plateau Creek. After crossing over Plateau Creek take the first left and follow the road to the take out at the bridge over Buzzard Creek.

Put In: From the take out return to the main road at Plateau Creek Bridge, do not cross over the bridge but stay left and take 330 E for 6 miles toward Vega Reservoir. Then turn left onto 64.30 Road, continue for 1 mile to a bridge crossing over Buzzard Creek and put in.

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