Because of the many streams and rivers flowing in between the start of this section and Breckonridge (as well as Dillon Reservoir controlling flows), this part of the Blue can be run more reliably. This is a short technical section where the Blue drops through a small gorge. The gorge is where the actual harder whitewater is (class III/IV). The rest of the run is mainly a class II fishing stream (especially if you put in above the Blue River Campground).
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|Primary Gauge||BLUE RIVER BELOW DILLON, CO.|
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|Put-In||Blue River Campground||
Access this campground off of Highway 9 about 8 miles north of Silverthorne, CO.
Right before Highway 9 crosses over the Blue about 3 miles from the put in is a large parking area you can use for the take-out. If you cross the river and pass the FR 2400 road on your right you have gone too far.
Excellent camping here. Free, uncrowded, riverside campsites and a pit toliet, what else do you want.
It's all class II between this putin and the next, but something to consider as access is easy. Good for paddle rafts as well.
Drive back upstream behind the road fence from the overlook area. This putin cuts out as much class II as possible.
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1st Canyon rapid is a great measuring stick for boaters unsure of this run. If this felt too stout for you, take out at the fisherman's area below. 2nd Canyon is a touch harder.
2nd Canyon is the meat of the bit, the steepest and most challenging section on this run. Have fun and look out for the mystery hole on river left half way down.
|All Day Wave||
Does every run have an all day wave? Almost, and like this one they rarely deserve the moniker. None the less, this is usually the best surf spot on the run. Eddy access is on river left, if any.
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