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Yampa, South Beach to Duffy Mountain
May 8 - May 9
THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL AND A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN STARTED. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please contact the Trip Coordinator, Dan Custer at email@example.com.
The South Beach to Duffy Mountain stretch of the Yampa is an easy flatwater/Class I trip. In early May we have had very good flow and not many mosquitoes, and not much (if any) competition for campsites. In recent years the water level in early May has been excellent with very few paddle strikes on the bottom of the river.
This is a good trip to break out your gear from storage and get ready for the canoe season. It is also an easy trip for people new to canoeing and canoe camping. Pack a warm sleeping bag because the mornings will be frosty. As usual, be ready for all weather conditions from pouring rain, to snow, and to sunshine. Afternoon sunshine has been the norm.
The first day’s float will be through private ranch land where the eagle nests will be seen. Many bald eagle nests are on this stretch and some may have visible babies in them. The second day we will be paddling through BLM land, which is more scenic but without the eagle nests (and railroad). Flocks of sheep with big scary sheep dogs may be seen, but we will not be camping with them.
We will do this stretch in 2 days, with an option for some to do it in 3 days. A two day weekend trip works for many. Optionally, some may go for a three day trip, where the last day should finish by Noon, thus avoiding potentially strong afternoon headwinds before the take-out.
To register for this event, email Trip Coordinator Dan Custer at firstname.lastname@example.org.