San Miguel, Colorado, US
06. Pinon Bridge to Naturita
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Low Head dam
Low Head damPhoto by Kent Ford taken 03/09/16
This is a nice but complicated float through lots of private property below Norwood Canyon.
It's scenic, starting to take on some Dolores feel, and certainly not crowded. However, there
are two low-head dams, and many fences that cross the river posing serious threats to paddlers.
The State is working towards rehabilitating the dams to improve fish passage and navigability for
boats. Currently they are unmarked and surprisingly tough to see. The fences? Welcome to western
Colorado. As you approach Naturita, don't relax, as the ugliest fences (wooden pallets on
heavy cable) are on blind corners.
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Last Updated: 2016-03-22 12:23:02