Gunnison, North Fork - 01. Paonia Reservoir to below Somerset

Gunnison, North Fork, Colorado, US


01. Paonia Reservoir to below Somerset

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 8.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 41 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09132500 600 - 10000 cfs III 68d16h56m 46.7 cfs (too low)

River Description

See Banks and Eckardt, Colorado Rivers & Creeks II, which warns of a nasty rock weir below Somerset, as well as more hazards. Make sure you scout the takeout before your run.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-07-31 21:20:24


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 10 2016 (985 days ago)
Matthew M BuckleyDetails
Ran this on 5/9/16 @1550 CFS. Fun rolling wave trains during the first few miles. At Somerset, the
action picks up. A few piles of rock, and encroachment of industry, have created some excellent
III+ whitewater. After Somerset, the pace cools down again. If you have scouted your takeout during
the shuttle, avoiding the rock weir is no problem.

Associated Projects

  • Gunnison Basin (Colorado) Stewardship Program
    Our new Gunnison River Basin program will define and protect recreational flow needs as part of regional and broader Upper Colorado River Basin stewardship strategies. By quantifying flow needs in the