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Difficulty IV-V
Length 16 Miles
Gauge LARAMIE RIVER BELOW THE WHEATLAND TUNNEL NEAR ROCK RIVER 31WSW
Flow Range 1.70 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 0.02 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/12/2011 11:01 pm

River Description


First pioneered by Minnesotan original gangster, Jim Rada during a fluke release in 1983.   This run remained dewatered and unrun since.   Read Jim's write up in AW Journal Nov./Dec.1985 issue on pg. 20.

Fast forward to the banner water year of 2011, reports of a once again full canyon enticed a crew of Colorado bros to join me for a little exploration.

Run is 16 miles in length, consistent gradient average of about 100 fpm, with 70 for the lowest and 130 for the steepest. 13 miles plus on the run is consistent, continuous fun class IV with a good handful of moderate class V moves to keep things interesting.

I was able to run it twice this season, once at an estimated 500 cfs. and once at an estimated 1000. Quality is definitely in the five star range, especially at 1000.

Public access exists for both put in and take out.
Read Evan Stafford's in depth report at:  Boofington Heights   Here's to hoping it runs more often!

Austin Woody, 2011

Other Information Sources:  
AW Journal Nov./Dec.1985 issue   Jim Rada's write up of his 1983 descent.
Boofington Heights  Evan Stafford's in depth report of a 2011 descent.
Wyoming Water Plan: Wheatland Irrigation District



 

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Austin Woody
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2 years ago

UPDATED FLOW INFORMATION: The upstream NOAA HADS gauge titled LRTW4, Laramie River Below Wheatland Tunnel, went into error early last season (resulting in a presumable record for lowest ever run.) The newer, more accurate gauge is located downstream near the mouth of the canyon, it is also a NOAA HADS gauge but it is titled LRDW4, Laramie River Above the Cramer Ditch. This gauge is located downstream of the tributaries of Duck and Cherry Creek, both significant low elevation drainages. So if considering a run, know that if significant low elevation snowmelt is occuring that this LRDW4 gauge may have more water than what the canyon actually does (probably not much more than ~100 cfs. Here are some rough correlations for the new LRDW4 gauge based on runs last season (2016): 4.66 feet- 678 cfs releasing from Wheatland Res. #2. Fun, lowish medium level. Plenty of water to boof and have fun. 5.47 feet- Highish medium, Prime levels right here. Maximum number of boofs, worth interstate driving for the run at this level for sure. Here's a gopro video from this specific run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzoPKCe_toY&t=13s 5.98 feet- 1850 cfs releasing from Wheatland Res. # 2 in addition to spillway overflow. Highest known descent. Super fun, continuous nature. Very much in the Class V range at these levels. Use caution, knowing where some of the portages/sieves are at this level is pretty critical. Anyone wanting to get in there looking for more info feel free to give me a call, 3 oh 7- 690-zero48zero. Austin Woody

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Austin Woody
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8 years ago

First pioneered by Minnesotan original gangster, Jim Rada in 1983 during a fluke release (write up here in Nov./Dec. issue on pg. 20: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Journal/browse/year/1985/) this run has remain dewatered and unrun since. Fast forward to the banner water year of 2011, reports of a once again full canyon enticed a crew of Coloradobros to join me for a little exploration. Run is 16 miles in length, consistent gradient average of about 100 fpm, with 70 for the lowest and 130 for the steepest. 13 miles plus on the run is consistent, continuous fun class IV with a good handful of moderate class V moves to keep things interesting. I was able to run it twice this season, once at an estimated 500 cfs. and once at an estimated 1000. Quality is definitely in the five star range, especially at 1000. Public access exists for put in and take out. Read Evan Stafford's more in depth report at: http://boofingtonheights.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/laramie-river-canyon-with-water-in-it/ Here's to hoping it runs more often! Austin Woody

Gage Descriptions

Flow is controlled by Wheatland No. 3 & Wheatland Tunnel dams, which were thought to rarely release water into this river section.  Water is normally diverted into the Wheatland Tunnel, to Tunnel Creek and then into Bluegrass Creek.   However, a few years of records for the gauge displayed below indicate that this section has boatable flows more often than thought.  There were extended boatable periods in both 2010 and 2011, though not in 2009.   See:
LaramieBelowTunnel-2009-2011-GaugeData.pdf

Flow info for the reach above the tunnel diversion is available by calling the Laramie Basin Hotline at 307-742-7657 (auto) or 307-742-0023 (voice) for the outlfow from Wheatland #2.  

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

7/3/2017
Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200740 10/12/11 Matt Muir Fixed link--I think...
1200742 10/12/11 Paul Martzen fixed gaugedata link
1200754 10/19/11 Paul Martzen fixed gaugedata link
1200691 09/22/11 Paul Martzen historical gauge data link
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1200669 09/14/11 Paul Martzen updated with Austin Woody's report & photos
1200670 09/14/11 Paul Martzen flow phone # added