San Miguel - 06. Pinon Bridge to Naturita


San Miguel, Colorado, US

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06. Pinon Bridge to Naturita

Usual Difficulty I(IV) (varies with level)

Low Head dam


Low Head dam
Photo by Kent Ford taken 03/09/16

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SAN MIGUEL RIVER AT BROOKS BRIDGE NEAR NUCLA CO
usgs-09174600 200 - 2000 cfs I-II(IV) 01h06m 4.78 cfs (too low)


River Description

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

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