I’m new to canoeing. I like prairie/desert/plains. I can hike over miles of it, day in and day out. Most of it is private land in Colorado. I am wanting to canoe over long stretches of slow, native (undammed/channeled), natural water; putting in and taking out only to camp for a night or to arrive/leave, without getting shot at, risking trespass, or having to go around damns or under fences every hour.
I have a few major questions:
- What good water is there in Colorado that fits this bill?
- Is the Rio Grande feasible?
- Where can I find out “when” is good (i.e. enough water to float; maybe some minor portaging) and not flooding? What kind of “draft” does one need? I don’t need big, wide, deep water as long as I’m floating/paddling and not walking, portaging and pulling through muck all the time.
Thanks in advance for any help.