Gunnison - 04. Chukar to N. Fork

Gunnison, Colorado, US


04. Chukar to N. Fork (Gunnison Gorge)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 13.5 Miles

Gunny Gorge

Gunny Gorge
Photo by Julie Keller

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09128000 280 - 15000 cfs III 00h27m 321 cfs (running)
Flows described here, have been reported by BLM Rangers and local outfitters as low, but still runnable. These flows were not identified in AWs 2013 Flow Study

River Description

One mile hike to the put in.

Class III kayak run through a somewhat remote canyon with great river vibe.

Photo courtesy of

A description of the rapids can be found here:

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Last Updated: 2017-07-09 20:55:58


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 11 2018 (317 days ago)
obg123 (159783)
At ~1000 cfs this was a super fun class III run with one III+/ IV towards the end of the
whitewater, before the short but flat paddle out. Right from the start (after a fun drive to the TH
and a pretty brutal hike down into the canyon) there are a bunch of fun 2s and 3s, and most rapids
have good recovery pools below them. Definitely get the outfitter at pleasure park to shuttle
vehicles to the take out for you! Would be brutal to back-shuttle, and there's a bar at the takeout
August 2 2014 (1634 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7-31-14 Ran this at 780 CFS from what the gauge reads. Day trip from Chukar Trail to North Fork.
Beautiful river with the rapids getting more exciting as the river progresses. Rented a 13 foot
raft from Al at the take out Pleasure Park. G, Jayvin, Sam, Max, Noah paddled the raft, Charlie and
Eli as our safety boaters. With the kids paddling, this made for a hard and exciting run. Cable
rapid and the one after were tricky but we where able to keep the raft from flipping and all souls
onboard. G would enjoy a canoe on most of the river, skipping just a few of the larger more
consequential rapids. Our safety crafts were a stand up paddle board and the Spanish Fly canoe,
which made for an enjoyable selection of paddle play for the kids. Next time we may have our own
separate gear boat and run the river in smaller crafts like the Mini Me and Hand Breaker. Steve @
(928)660-0958 from pleasure park was helpful for info and shuttle. For all our gear, we hired two
pack donkeys. From the Montrose airport the drive is one hour more or less on a rough 2x2 dirt
road. Flew into Montrose and out of Delta with an easy 20 min drive from the takeout.
July 28 2012 (2369 days ago)
Sharon SchierlingDetails
Rapid descriptions and flow guidelines here:

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