Difficulty IV-V
Length 9.5 Miles
Gauge COLORADO RIVER NEAR KREMMLING, CO
Flow Range 700 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 hours ago 562 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/22/2019 12:03 am

River Description


Gore Canyon is the post-season run for advanced intermediates and experts in Colorado. Levels usually run 1000+ CFS July until October.

At prime levels, 1000 to 1200 CFS, this run is a solid Class IV run with two Class IV+'s (Pyrite and Kirshbaum) and two solid Class V's (Gore Rapid and Tunnel Rapid).

Four miles of flatwater begin this dark rock canyon with the train track as your companion.

Above 1200 CFS, creek boats are recommended ... and better bring your water wings!

Beware the spiders in the sneak at Gore Rapid.

See Mike Albrecht's and Ed Hanson's photos of Gore Canyon.

Shuttle Directions: About one mile south of Kremmling head west on Trough Road (1 rd). Take a right 1/2 mile down this road, before crossing the river, to get to the put-in.
The take-out is about 10 miles further down Trough Road at Pumphouse Campground. There is a small fee at Pumphouse to maintain the facilities.

Reaches of the Colorado River:
01. Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 40 bridge (Byers Canyon) (CO, IV)
02. Gore Canyon (CO, IV-V)
03. Pumphouse campground to Rancho Del Rio (Pumphouse) (CO, III)
04. Hanging Lake Exit 125 (I-70) to Shoshone Power Plant Exit 123 (I-70) (Barrel Springs) (CO, IV-V [V+])
05. Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123 (I-70) to Grizzly Creek, Exit 121 (I-70) (Shoshone) (CO, III-IV)
06. Cameo Dam (Big Sur / Lucky 7) (CO, III)
07. Loma to Westwater (Ruby / Horsethief Canyons) (CO-UT, II)
08. Westwater to Rose Ranch (Westwater Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
09. Cisco (Rose Ranch) to Moab (Professor Valley) (UT, I-III)
10. Moab to Powell Reservoir (Cataract Canyon) (UT, I-IV)
11. Lees Ferry to Lake Mead (Grand Canyon) (AZ, I-V)
12. Black Canyon (AZ-NV, I)

Rapid Descriptions

Put-In

Class - I Mile - 0
Fun slide into the river, 4+ miles of hideous lake-like class I until the rapids

1st Rapid

Class - III+ Mile - 4.5
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Suit up river left just above this rapid.

Applesauce

Class - IV Mile - 5
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This is the most dangerous rapid on the river. Fortunately it is a simple move to the right to avoid a dangerous rock pile in the center. Huge pool at the bottom.

Gore Rapid

Class - 5.0 Mile - 5.5
This is the signature drop of the run. Sorta long with technical moves and one mean hole. There are 3 different lines through the crux drop. Mary Anne (the sneak), which drops you in an eddy for a controlled peel out into the rest of the rapid. The spout in the center is The Professor, a more technical line that will land you just to the right of Ginger(the big hole). The large flow on river left is The Meat(pictured).

Scissors

Class - IV Mile - 5.6
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Offset holes and pushy current make for a tight move. Swimmers in Gore Rapid might be swept into this rapid, yardsale gear almost certainly will.

Pyrite Falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 5.7
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6' to 8' river wide ledge. 1st timers must run it without scouting;-) The sneak is on the left, meat line is right down the middle, and a technical line rarely run on the right. There is a pool at the base for collecting gear which often washes down all the way from Gore Rapid.

Lots o' Class IV

Class - IV Mile - 6
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Pool drop Class IV from Pyrite to Tunnel. Watch out for a few random big holes and try not to think about Tunnel too much;-)

Tunnel Falls

Class - 5.0 Mile - 7
A river wide 10' to 12' ledge with a very pushy Class IV lead-in. The hole gets meaner at low water (less than 900cfs). This is usually the crux of the run for most people. The line is pretty much a straight shot, but the hydraulic is legendary, and there is always a crowd of onlookers. There is a very fine sneak line to the left, the meat is right down the main current, and a bony sneak down the right side. The meat line is suprisingly forgiving to playboats, more often than not they just melt right through. Creek boats are another matter, I have seen some horrific rides here. After watching one friend take a severe beating I congratulated her on staying in her boat for so long, she said that the ride was so violent that she never had the opportunity to pop her skirt and swim!

Toilet Bowl

Class - IV Mile - 7.3
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This is the worst hydraulic on the run. The standard line is a bony sneak on the far left, the meat line is center left, and a technical - but less bony sneak on far right. If you get stuck in this hole there is a 99.999% chance you will have to swim out of it.

Kirshbaum's Rapid

Class - IV+ Mile - 7.5
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This is the longest and most technical rapid in Gore Canyon. In 2003 there was a log pinned at the top of the rapid on the right. Every time down I somehow manage to end up somewhere different. Some lines are definitely better than others! The standard line is right, left, right over the course of about 200 yards.

Pumphouse Campground

Class - II Mile - 9.5
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this is the takeout

Comments

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Marc McCord
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4 years ago

I am comparing mileage markers for Gore Canyon rapids to measurements I am making on Google Earth and finding significant discrepancies. The AW info lists Applesauce Rapid at 5.0 miles while my measurements say it is at 4.0 miles, and the markers for other rapids below Applesauce are also off, but not by the same amount. Does anybody have any actual GPS waypoints for where each of these rapids begins so that correct measurements can be made?

Gage Descriptions

Low: 700 - 1,000 cfs
Med: 1,000 - 1,500 cfs
High: 1,500 cfs and up

 

Directions Description


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2014-08-19 n/a Fatality Solo Paddling Read More
2002-09-02 Low Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More
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Upper Colorado River User Survey

10/9/2019
Hattie Johnson

Upper Colorado River Paddlers, we need your feedback! We’re asking you to participate in a short survey on behalf of the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group. The Stakeholder Group formed in 2007 as an independent, collaborative group with the goal of protecting and enhancing the remarkable values of the stretch of the Colorado River from Kremmling to Glenwood Springs. 

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Gore Canyon Festival (CO) is coming up August 23rd-25th

8/7/2019
Hattie Johnson

American Whitewater is pleased to announce the 2019 Gore Canyon Festival taking place August 23-25th on the Upper Colorado River.  As the leading representative of the river-recreation community on the Upper Colorado River, American Whitewater is deeply invested in creating opportunities to protect, restore, and enjoy whitewater paddling on the Colorado River. The Gore Canyon Festival is the perfect stage to celebrate the beautiful and iconic Colorado River, and an opportunity for our partners to engage the public in cooperative river management. 


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Land and Water Conservation Fund Secures Access to Upper Colorado River

5/8/2019
Hattie Johnson

A bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was introduced last month by Colorado Senator Cory Gardener and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and cosponsored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennett. If passed the bill would provide $900M annually for projects protecting natural, cultural and historic resources. Existing funding from the LWCF recently enabled the transfer of two important river access points on the Upper Colorado River. The State Bridge and Two Bridges parcels were owned by Eagle County and had been improved - boat ramps, parking, restroom/changing facilities - by the Eagle County Open Space program with coordination and management support from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This land transfer will protect public access at these locations in perpetuity. 

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AW releases Saint Vrain and Lefthand Creek Recreational Flow Study - CO

12/14/2018
Nathan Fey

Longmont, Colorado - As part of a comprehensive Stream Management Plan for the St Vrain Creek Watershed, American Whitewater is collecting and compiling data on recreational uses, and identifying projects and strategies to improve stream health, recreation, and environmental conditions in the region. You can help with this extensive effort. Please participate in the Recreational Flow survey.

 

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Support Colorado River Access on Colorado Gives Day!

11/29/2018
Kestrel Kunz

Colorado Gives Day is on December 4 this year and is fast approaching! Go here to schedule your online donation to support American Whitewater's Colorado River Access Program. All donations made to American Whitewater on Colorado Gives Day (December 4) will be put towards our River Access Program in Colorado. American Whitewater works to improve river access and public safety throughout the state by working with landowners and managers, paddlers, law enforcement, and lawmakers to understand Colorado's river access laws and the ongoing threats to public safety. Thank you for your support!

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Voluntary River Closure Proposed On the Slate River (CO)

11/2/2018
Kestrel Kunz

Crested Butte CO - Alleged disruption to a Heron Rookery and concerned private landowners have led to a "Voluntary Closure" of the Slate River from the Gunsight Bridge to the Town of Crested Butte between March 15 and June 21 for the 2019 season. The Slate River between Oh Be Joyful Campground and Skyland Bridge, a 10.5 mile stretch, provides an incredibly scenic and unique flatwater paddling experience in the Gunnison Valley. The Voluntary clsoure is a product of the Slate River Floating Management Plan, created by a Working Group convened by the Town of Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Land Trust. The Working Group was created in direct response to pressure from the local community including conservationists and private landowners adjacent to the river, who are concerned that a recent increase in boating activity is disturbing a Heron Rookery that straddles the Slate River. 

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AW Comments on Colorado Nat'l Forest Wilderness Process

9/5/2018
Kestrel Kunz

Today, September 5, marked the close of the public review process for the DRAFT Wilderness Evaluation Report. The Evaluation Phase is the second step of 4 different steps required in the assessment of lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS). American Whitewater thoroughly reviewed the DRAFT Wilderness Evaluation Report and submitted our comments to the Forest Service on September 4, 2018. Overall, we found that key paddling reaches throughout the GMUG area were greatly under-represented in the Polygon narratives and thus weren't acknowledged as contributing factors to the Polygon's respective Wilderness Ratings. We let the Forest Service know this, highlighting specific paddling reaches that should be added to each Polygon and which Polygons we believe should have a higher Wilderness Rating based on the high-quality recreation opportunities that each area has to offer. 

Please stay tuned as we continue to report on the GMUG Land Management Revision Process and in the meantime you can learn more about the GMUG here. (Photo of Josh King by Nick Spitzer)

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TAKE ACTION: Comment on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan

11/1/2017
Kestrel Kunz

ARKANSAS RIVER, Colo. - The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is revising their Management Plan for the first time since 2001. The new Draft Plan was made publicly available in October and the AHRA is accepting public comments through November 10, 2017 (next week!). In order to design effective and productive comments, American Whitewater has thoroughly reviewed the Draft Plan, discussed the Plan with our local Affiliate Clubs, attended AHRA Public Open Houses, and reached out to key members of the local paddling community. To make it easy for you to SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS, American Whitewater staff have compiled our key concerns and comments for your review. 

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Colorado Honors the legacy of Matt Brown

10/30/2017
Nathan Fey

Gunnison, Colorado - Last Wednesday, Matt Brown - longtime river guide, adventurer, and pillar of the Gunnison Valley community- passed away tragically after an accident in Moab. Matt was so much to so many.  At the request of his family and friends, contributions in Matt's memory can be made to American Whitewater’s River Access work in Colorado.  Matt was a strong ally and advisor in our work to protect the public’s rights to float and fish in the State.  We miss him immensely.

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Comments needed on Upper Colorado River Recreation Area Management Plan

8/28/2017
Nathan Fey

Kremmling, Colorado - The Bureau of Land Management has released for public review and comment a set of preliminary alternatives for managing about 40 miles of the Upper Colorado River between Parshall and State Bridge - including Gore Canyon and Pumphouse. This is your chance to weigh in on whether there should be a day-use permit;  a camping permit with designated campsites in the popular stretch between Pumphouse and State Bridge; and expanding the developed Pumphouse Campground.

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Gore Fest 2017 is a few weeks away!

8/9/2017
Nathan Fey

Bond, Colorado - American Whitewater is presenting Gore Canyon Festival - August 25-27th 2017Online registration is open and there are events for everyone, so sign up today! 

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A Successful River Cleanup on the St. Vrain (Lyons, CO)

6/7/2017
Kestrel Kunz

On Sunday, nearly 50 people gathered on the banks of the St. Vrain River to pick up trash from the water and the shoreline. We started the day off with Hotbox Roasters coffee and donuts, and a few words about River Stewardship – the common cause that brought us all together. We found bedframes, rusty nails, lawn chairs, car doors, plastic water bottles, candy wrappers, fast food containers, and it doesn’t stop there. Our findings are likely a combination of leftover debris from the floods, illegal waste dumping along the river, and built up trash from years of careless passers-by. Thank you to all those that came out for the river cleanup! American Whitewater depends on our affiliate clubs, members, and dedicated volunteers in order to tackle our many River Stewardship projects.  

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Releases to Lower Dolores River certain in 2017.

2/17/2017
Nathan Fey

Cortez, Colorado - Last week, American Whitewater met with local water managers, fisheries biologists, an other interests in Dolores River water, to start negotiating releases from McPhee Dam - like we do every spring.  This year, things are looking very good for the Dolores...

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Upper Colorado River Access funded by Land & Water Conservation Fund - CO

2/6/2017
Nathan Fey

Dotsero, Colorado - A key river access point on the Upper Colorado river, once threatened with closure, has now been permanently protected through a partnership between BLM and Eagle County. 

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One more day to submit input on Colorado's Brown Canyon National Monument!

1/17/2017
Kestrel Kunz

There is only one more day left to share what you value most in the Browns Canyon National Monument planning area! The Bureau of Land Management, U.S Forest Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are working together to develop a Coordinated Management Plan for Browns Canyon National Monument. In order to design a plan that most benefits citizens and visitors of Colorado, the agencies designed an Online Survey and Mapping Tool to understand how the public interacts with the Browns Canyon planning area and what aspects of the area are most important to the public.

 

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New Report on Impact to San Miguel River From Proposed Reservoirs

1/9/2017
Evan Stafford

Colorado - American Whitewater has released a new study on whitewater recreation in the San Miguel River Basin. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) requested that Montrose County consult with American Whitewater on recreational needs and future impacts for the San Miguel River. Montrose County acquired conditional water rights to the San Miguel River in hopes of building multiple new reservoirs on BLM land. American Whitewater worked with Montrose County’s agents to assess the impact its conditional storage proposals would have on existing recreational opportunities. 

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Proposed Asphalt and Gravel Mine threatens the Upper Colorado River

12/6/2016
Evan Stafford

A new proposal to allow the development of a 90- acre open pit mine in Eagle County at the gateway to the Colorado River has local river users asking questions. We encourage everyone to attend an Open House December 6 at 6 PM at the Gypsum Recreation Center, and to make your voices heard at the Town Council meeting where they will discuss the application on December 13 at 7 PM.

 

 
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Breaking Ground on the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park - CO

11/22/2014
Nathan Fey

Grand County, Colorado - After several years of negotiations and political maneuvering, engineering, and fundraising, American Whitewater joined representatives from Grand County to break ground on the new Gore Canyon Whitewater Park on the Colorado River. The park is integral to a new water right that protects the river from losing more water in the future, while providing new opportunities for paddlers of all ages and ability.

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Gore Canyon Whitewater Park secures Permit from BLM

8/22/2014
Nathan Fey

Kremmling, Colorado - In a recent decision, the Bureau of Land Management has approved Grand County's application to construct a whitewater park on the Colorado River below Gore Canyon. The Proposed Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, located on public lands, seeks to protect streamflows in the Colorado River for recreational paddling. AW has supported this effort for several years, and we are pleased that this recent decision allows Grand County to move forward with construction of the park.

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AW Intervenes in Colorado River Water Rights Case

6/13/2014
Nathan Fey

Glenwood Springs, Colorado - In District Court this week, American Whitewater was granted a Motion to Intevene in the case for recreational water rights in the Colorado River. American Whitewater and Western Resource Advocates have jointly interevened in support of Glenwood Springs water rights application in an effort to help the City of Glenwood secure legal protection of streamflows for recreation.

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Lyons Outdoor Games and Burning Can to Support AW

5/15/2013
Nathan Fey

Lyons, Colorado - For the second year in a row, Oskar Blues Brewery is hosting the Burning Can Festival at this year Lyons Outdoor Games.  Burning Can, which takes place under the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park and the St. Vrain River, is a celebration of good beer, served in a can.  This year, All money raised from Lyons Outdoor Games recycled cans will be donated to American Whitewater. See you there!

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Action Alert - Support Fall Boating on the Upper Colorado River!

2/28/2012
Nathan Fey

Colorado - For the past 5 years, American Whitewater has been working to protect streamflows and whitewater recreation in the Upper Colorado River, from Gore Canyon to Glenwood Springs. Today, we need your help in demonstrating that paddlers will use the proposed Gore Canyon Whitewater Park beyond Labor Day to October 15th.  Please send your letter of support to the Project Coordinator - TODAY!

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Colorado River Flows – Round II! Kremmling Comments due January 17th.

1/13/2012
Megan Hooker

In addition to seeking comments on the management of lands within the Colorado River Valley Field Office, the BLM is also seeking comments on their management of lands within the Kremmling Field Office, which includes the Upper Colorado and other rivers important to whitewater recreation. This draft Resource Management Plan is also a hefty one, and American Whitewater has distilled this one down too, focusing on the issues that are important to you. You can read our dRMP guide and get tips on how to provide meaningful and substantive comments here. The future flows of the Colorado River depend on it!

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Shape the Future of Flows in the Colorado River - Comments due January 17th!

1/5/2012
Megan Hooker

The BLM is seeking comments on their management of lands within the Colorado River Valley Field Office, which includes the Upper Colorado and other rivers important to whitewater recreation. The draft Resource Management Plan is hefty, but American Whitewater has distilled it down to the issues that are important to you. You can read our dRMP guide and get tips on how to provide meaningful and substantive comments here. The future flows of the Colorado River depend on it!

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Upper Colorado River Receives Legal Flow Protection

12/6/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - The State of Colorado has filed for instream-flow water rights for the mainstem of the Colorado River.  State instream flow rights provide legal protection of flows that protect the environment to a reasonable degree.  For Gore Canyon, Pumphouse, State Bridge, and Dotsero, this is the first time flows have recieved legal protection under Colorado Water Law.  American Whitewater has worked to establish these rights since the launch of our Colorado River Stewardship Program.

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BLM Releases Draft RMP/EIS for Upper Colorado River- CO

10/11/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - The long anticipated Draft Resource Management Plans and Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DRMP/DEIS) for the Bureau of Land Management's Kremmling and Colorado River Field Offices have been released for public comment.

Both documents outline a Preferred Alternative that includes two options that address river segments found eligible for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic River System.  Under this Management Plan, the BLM will consider defering any suitibility determiniation, and adopt and implement the Stakeholder Group’s Management Plan in order to protect the free-flowing nature, Outstandingly Remarkable Values, and tentative classifications of all river segments.

 

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Management Plan submitted for Upper Colorado River (CO)

3/8/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - The long awaited Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Management Plan, has been submitted to the US BLM and USFS. The Plan, developed by a diverse group of interests including American Whitewater, is proposed to be included in the resource management plan for the Upper Colorado River as a potential Wild and Scenic Rivers management alternative.

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AW launches Flow Study for Yampa River

3/3/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - American Whitewater is conducting a study of flow-recreation relationships for the Yampa Basin, and identifying specific metrics for use in the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool. This study is intended to inform local, state, and federal planning efforts as to the full range and quality of recreational boating opportunities for the Wild and Scenic suitable Yampa River, as well as the Elk and White Rivers, and their tributaries. Your participation in the flow survey is requested.

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River Access Task Force Submits Recommendations to Colorado Governor

2/2/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - On December 23, Governor Bill Ritter issued a report outlining a series of proposals for resolving disputes between landowners and rafters in Colorado. He also signed an executive order creating the River Access Mediation Commission to provide a way for some of the most contentious conflicts between boaters and property owners to be addressed. The Governor’s River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force was a 17-member group created in July of 2010 to help craft ways to sort out conflicts on Colorado rivers on a stretch-by-stretch basis as those disputes arise.

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Recreational Water Rights Sought for the Upper Colorado River

1/31/2011
Nathan Fey

Colorado - In an effort to protect what little water is left in the Upper Colorado River, Grand County has filed for two Recreational In-Channel Diversion water rights in district court.  These rights are associated with two whitewater parks on the Colorado River. American Whitewater has worked with Grand County over the past three years to develop tools to protect river health, and provide a range of boating opportunities. These rights are part of a suite of protective measures we hope to unveil later in 2011.

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Help Protect the Yampa River - Colorado

9/30/2010
Nathan Fey

Colorado - Last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released their proposed management plan for the Little Snake Resource Area, encompassing over a million acres of soaring plateaus, wild and scenic rivers, and sweeping sagebrush basins.  Special interests are trying to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to protect portions of the Yampa River – one of the nation's last free flowing rivers.    Let BLM know that protections for these rivers are important to you!

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Save The Colorado Campaign Awards AW (CO)

9/14/2010
Nathan Fey

Fort Collins, CO – The Save the Colorado River Campaign Fund announced its grants for 2010. In total, $150,000 was donated to ten environmental groups from the top of the river basin all the way to the bottom – all working to protect and restore the Colorado River.

American Whitewater received funding to protect streamflows, and thus boating opportunities, in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

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2010 Gore Canyon Race

8/17/2010
Nathan Fey

Timberline Tours presents the 2010 Gore Canyon Race - Saturday, August 28, 2010

Colorado - The “Timberline Gore Canyon 2010” event is on! This is a classic Class V whitewater race that brings together the finest whitewater rafters, kayakers and paddlers of all types of river craft. There is no better way to end the Western United States boating season. Enjoy great whitewater racing and camping at Pumphouse Recreation Area with all your fellow boaters.

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Pack It Out! Day on Upper Colorado River

8/3/2010
Nathan Fey

Kremmling, CO - The popular Pumphouse Section of the Upper Colorado River will be the site for a Pack It Out Campaign coordinated by the US Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with American Whitewater and NRS.

In an effort to reduce impacts from human waste on this popular overnight run, these groups are teaming up to educate river users and hand out FREE WAG BAGs on August 14th.

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Take Action on Colorado's Right to Float Bill!

3/4/2010
Nathan Fey

This spring, the Colorado Legislature is considering a bill, which helps protect the rights of commercial boaters to float on commercial sections of river, and increases the safety of boaters by decriminalizing incidental contact with private land to portage obstacles. HB -1188 is a good bill, but doesn't go far enough! HB-1188 passed out of the House by a vote of 40-25, and is scheduled to be introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote on March 17th. We urge you to contact members of Colorado’s Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB-1188, and to amend the bill to include all members of the paddling public.

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Upper Colorado River - Project Update

8/27/2009
Nathan Fey

  Since 2007, American Whitewater has negotiated with various state agencies and urban water providers intent on developing new management criteria for the headwaters of the Colorado River, that threaten to allow water providers to nearly dry-up the river without protecting instream flows necessary for fish, wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts. For two years, American Whitewater has been the lone recreation voice in these negotiations, and we have had measurable success protecting the Colorado River.

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AW Preserving Boating Opportunities on the Upper Colorado River

8/25/2009
Nathan Fey

By the end of September, the Upper Colorado River Stakeholders Group will submit a local resource management plan alternative for the US BLM's Kremmling and Glenwood Springs Field Offices.  American Whitewater has worked for over two years to represent paddlers in the negotiations, ensuring the plan explicitly protects flows that support a range of outstanding boating opportunities in Gore Canyon, Pumphouse, and Glenwood Canyon. The alternative plan crafted by the group seeks to balance permanent protection for recreational values in the Colorado River; water project yield; flexibility for water managers; and certainty for stakeholders.

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Gore Race 2009 - Get on It!

8/12/2009
Nathan Fey

Timberline Tours and American Whitewater Present the 2009 Gore Canyon Race
Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is the classic Class V whitewater race on the Upper Colorado River that brings together the finest whitewater rafters, kayakers and paddlers of all types of river craft. As always the race is open to all boaters willing to take on some of the best Class V whitewater in the state of Colorado. 

Spectators are welcome but remember: stay off the railway tracks!

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Upper Colorado River in danger of being Flat-Lined!

10/4/2008
Nathan Fey

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Windy Gap Firming Project. The Project, proposed by the Municipal Subdistrict of Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District would move the Colorado River another step closer to being a "flat lined" river, with flows perpetually at low flow levels. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled two public meetings where citizens can offer written and oral comments: one in Loveland on October 7 and one in Granby on October 9.

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AW helps develop Upper Colorado River Management Plan

8/20/2008
Nathan Fey

An alternative to Wild and Scenic River Management is currently being developed for the Upper Colorado River, that would provide water for growing populations in Colorado, while permanently protecting the iconic river's threatened fish and wildlife habitat, riparian systems, and the world class whitewater from Gore Canyon to Glenwood Canyon. American Whitewater is working to ensure that environmental and recreational flow needs are protected under the new management alternative.

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Lane Wyatt: AW's Volunteer of the Month

11/21/2007
Nathan Fey

American Whitewater would like to recognize Lane Wyatt as our November Volunteer of the Month.
Lane is the Director of the Water Quality and Quantity Committee for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG).
His time assisting American Whitewater staff with the Upper Colorado River Flow Survey was instrumental in launching AW’s efforts to quantify how much water is needed in the upper Colorado river basin to support paddling, and protect river recreation.
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Flow Survey for Upper Colorado River Basin

10/22/2007
Nathan Fey

American Whitewater is surveying paddlers on flow preferences for the upper Colorado River and it's tributaries, including Byers Canyon, Gore Canyon, Glenwood Canyon and the Piney River. The data will be collected and incorporated into the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Wild and Scenic River Suitability study. The BLM is also considering alternatives to Wild and Scenic designation for their revised RMP, which could threaten flows on some of the best whitewater rivers and creeks in Colorado!
Please take the time to fill out the survey, and help AW identify and protect recreational flows in the Upper Colorado River basin. 
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Colorado River up for Wild and Scenic Designation

4/27/2007
Nathan Fey

BLM has recently identified the Upper Colorado River as eligible for Wild and Scenic River status, which must be designated by Congress. The Kremmling and Glenwood Springs BLM Field Offices are beginning the process of the Resource Management Plan Revision which will guide what we do on public lands for the next 20 years. The public is encouraged to participate in this process and your comments regarding the suitability of the Upper Colorado River  is a critical component of this process.
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