East , Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
|EAST RIVER BELOW CEMENT CREEK NR CRESTED BUTTE, CO|
|usgs-09112200||800 - 3000 cfs||I-III||00h44m||205 cfs (too low)|
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The Lower East River runs from Crested Butte South to the small town of Almont, where it converges with the Taylor River to create the mighty Gunnison. This entire reach is roughly 12 miles long, with an optional takeout after 7.5 miles at the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery (River Left). To get to the take out drive north on Highway 135 from Gunnison and look out for signs indicating the Almont River Access Area, which is located just downstream of Almont and the Taylor - East River confluence. Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery is just a few more miles up the highway on the left. Access for the put in can be found at the Crested Butte South Wastewater Treatment Plant, just off of Highway 135. Access at the Treatment Plant has been very sensitive in the past, so please respect any signage and clean up after yourselves.
The Lower East River has a very different character than the classic creeking run upstream. The river ranges from class I to III and at higher water (~2,000) it can provide fun wave trains and good surf waves with a bedrock nature. This whole stretch is roadside (Hwy 135), but is quite scenic, nonetheless. As the river gets closer to Almont beware of increasing amounts of wood, especially as the river starts to split into numerous braids. Wood can be frequent and unsuspecting, so be aware before you go.
There have been alerts of multiple barbed wire fences to avoid along this stretch. Location, height, and severity of barbed wire will depend on season and flows. As of May 2018 there were no reports of barbed wire on this stretch, but be aware because this could have changed. The Lower East is surrounded by private property for the entirety of the run, including the private resort, The Reserve. There have been many boater-landowner conflicts in this stretch of river and it is important to be as respectful as possible so as not to further aggravate the issue. There have been incidents of urinating and defficating on private land, which have inherently led to issues with private landowners. Please be respectful, do not exit your boat to urinate or otherwise expose yourselves on private land along this stretch.