Road waypoints courtesy Mike Koliha
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South Platte – Evans to Kersey/Kuner   

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Put-in - Riverside Park, Evans
37th St/CR 54
Paterson Ditch Diverson Dam - portage river right
US 34
US 34 Business
Plumb Ditch Diversion Dam - portage river left
18th St
Poudre River confluence
Takeout - Hwy 37 near Kersey - river left, under or below bridge
Takeout - CR-61 near Kuner - river right, under bridge
  •  Access point
  •  Attraction
  •  Water feature
  •  Water hazard
  •  Road info

Description: A flat, class I run with two portages around diversion dams. Suitable for novices. Harards could include downed (sweepers) and submerged trees and wires across the river (reported just below the conflunce with the Poudre).

Rating: Class I

Flows: Adequate: 450 cfs, could be done at lower levels. High: 2000 cfs

Current flow: South Platte River near Kersey

Distance: Evans to Kersey — 9 miles
Evans to Kuner — 14 miles

Put-in: From Highway 85 and 37th in Evans, travel 1/2 mile east on 37th. Turn right on Riverside Parkway, just after a blue sign for the state patrol. Go 1/4 mile south and enter the park. Bear left through the parking lots. Proceed to the east side of the baseball fields, to the paved trail leading up to the levee.

Takeout: Kersey — at Hwy 37, river left, under or below bridge

Takeout: Kuner — at CR 61, river right, under bridge

Shuttle: Kersey takeout — Drive back up to 37th Street and turn right (east). rom there, go 4.3 miles east. 37th Street becomes County Road (CR) 54 as you leave Evans. Turn left (north) at CR 49 and go 1.0 miles north. Turn right (east) at US Hwy 34 and go 2.0 miles east to Kersey. Turn left (north) onto CO 37 and go 1.4 miles north to the bridge. The embankment on the northeast corner of the bridge is best for river access.

Shuttle: Kuner takeout — Drive towards Kersey as above. At Kersey, do not turn off at CO 37. Keep heading east on US Hwy 34 for another 4.6 miles. Pass the feed lots. Turn left at CR 61 and go north. (In early 2000 there was construction here on Hwy 34, and the CR 61 north turnoff was gravel and badly marked. Also beware of an unmarked split in the road right after you turn; don't take the road to the east (right) by mistake. ) From this turnoff, go 1.4 miles north on CR 61 and cross the first river bridge. The river access is under this bridge.

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