The South Platte is controlled by man. It’s not nearly as wide and as strong as the Ark. It’s been tamed and it’s been controlled. The granite rocks here are a dream for studded boots. The studs grip the rocks like a cat’s claws into a leather sofa. The water can be strong, but normally, it’s not. There are a ton of places to cross the river, even in higher water. There are always people fishing on that water and if you happen to fall in and go for a swim downstream, you are likely to piss off a few people. On the Ark, you will die.
|Ark in mid April|
After visiting the Ark and the Deckers section of the South Platte, I visited 11-Mile Canyon. At 77 CFS, it was as if I was fishing a small creek. The water was crystal clear and flowed gently over the rocks. If wading the Deckers stretch was fairly easy compared to the Ark, this was like walking through the wet grass. Most of the water I walked in was less than knee deep and any other water deeper, you were fishing it. It’s easy to get lazy when wading these lower flows. Things will change here in the future so enjoy the lower flows while you can. Oh, and the fishing was pretty good too!
|Late March flows|
|Clear, low flows before run-off.|