Woods Creek, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||430 fpm|
|Max Gradient||430 fpm|
|WEST FORK CLEAR CREEK ABV MOUTH NR EMPIRE, CO|
|usgs-06716100||200 - 400 cfs||V||00h44m||30 cfs (too low)|
A word of caution! Since the dam, and the area around the creek, is owned by the Henderson Mine there has been some debate over what their reaction is going to be when they find out that it is being kayaked! Currently there is no trash-rack at the top of the sluice, and there are no Âno-trespassingÂ signs on the access road, even though it is obviously private. Please be stealth at the top of the dam, and if you see mine personnel hanging out or driving around donÂt run the sluice!
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To Get There: From I-70 take the Berthod Pass/Hwy 40 exit and drive to the first hair-pin turn at the very bottom of Berthod Pass. Take a left on the dirt road that comes in at the hair-pin and drive Â¼ mile until you see a smaller dirt road heading down and to the left. Down this road it is only about 100 yards until you reach a gate. Park your car here and shoulder your boat, the put-in is about Â¼ mile past the gate. As described above, the takeout is at the last hair-pin turn on Hwy 40. From there you can just shoulder your boat and walk back to your car.