North star preserve
Floating the Roaring Fork River through North Star is a wonderful experience. Stand-up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks are the preferred vessels for floating through the Preserve; some folks choose to tube it. The river through North Star flows gently, making it a suitable float for families and beginners. The water, however, is very cold. When floating North Star, we recommend putting in and parking at the South Gate. Dogs are permitted on land only, at the Wildwood put-in and at the take-out. Please keep your dog on your vessel; dogs are not permitted on the land within North Star Nature Preserve.
Moose are unpredictable and may behave aggressively if they perceive a threat. Moose attacks on humans often involve dogs, as dogs remind moose of wolves. Consider leaving your dog at home if you float through North Star. Dogs are not allowed on land at the Preserve and must remain on your watercraft, if you bring them. If you come upon a moose while floating, stop and pull to the side and wait. Ideally, boaters should stay 100 yards (the length of a football field) from a moose. In the event of aggressive moose behavior at North Star, Open Space and Trails may close access to the property. Please obey closure signs.
Two optional start locations. Wild Wood, pro longer run con very limited parking. Wildwood is very seasonal due to water levels. Southgate, pro plenty of parking, con shorter run. Take out is only one location and that is by the pedestrian bridge. At the bridge, takeout super fun to jump off the bridge, also a fun rope swing and kids love it. Take out bridge, beware of traffic, be sure kids are tuned in to not go in the road. Very limited parking there and it is only short term right by the bridge.
Couple things to be sure of with your crew. Private property is strictly protected. Northstar preserve is off-limits. Towards the end of the run there is a beach on River right that is an awesome place to hang out on. You can stage your car near there to have food and drink ready. Absolutely no glass near the water. If you see moose enjoy the view but please stay clear of them.
Super fun lake to SUP near Basalt Colorado!
Ruedi Reservoir is a reservoir on the West Slope of the Continental Divide on the Fryingpan River. It sits about 15 miles (24 km) upstream of the town of Basalt, Colorado, near Aspen. The reservoir is located within the White River National Forest, and straddles the county line between Pitkin County and Eagle County.
The reservoir and its Ruedi Dam 39°21′48″N 106°49′08″W were built from 1964 through 1968. They're both owned and operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. One purpose of the reservoir is to help compensate for diversions to Colorado's East Slope, taken further up in the Fryingpan Basin as part of Reclamation's federal Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Another purpose of the reservoir is to provide water for West Slope interests. The dam is located in Eagle County.
Ruedi stores approximately 102,000 acre feet (126,000,000 m3) of water. Water in the reservoir is released through Ruedi Dam down the Fryingpan primarily for municipal, industrial, and agricultural interests. A side benefit of the reservoir is recreation. Boating, fishing and camping are popular at the reservoir itself, while the downstream portion of the Fryingpan River has become well regarded as a Gold Medal fishery.