While Parkdale and the Gorge are manageable at all flows, the Gorge is more challenging and more committing at all flows. If you are uncomfortable on Parkdale (at any flow), you should not be paddling the Gorge at the same flow. Above 4000 cfs wood and debris become an issue.
|ARKANSAS RIVER NEAR WELLSVILLE|
|codwr-ARKWELCO0||150 - 7000 cfs||II-III+(IV)||00h51m||669 cfs (running)|
|Very Low to low-moderate flows.|
|ARKANSAS RIVER AT PARKDALE, CO.|
|usgs-07094500||300 - 7000 cfs||III+(IV)||00h21m||761 cfs (running)|
|Low to low-moderate flows.|
This gauge (2459 sq.mi.drainage) lies not far downstream of put-in, thus should quite accurately portray actual flow in run.
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|Arkansas [CO]||Happy Paula on Gorge||n/a||Sam Baudoux|
|Arkansas- Royal Gorge [Co]||Bottom of Sunshine||900cfs||Connie Logsdon|
|Arkansas [Co]||Open boat in Sunshine||1090@9am||Connie Logsdon|
|Arkansas- Royal Gorge [Co]||The Hole||900cfs||Connie Logsdon|
|Arkansas [CO]||Royal Gorge||1400 cfs||Matt Muir|
|Arkansas [CO]||Escape from Sunshine||n/a||John Kobak|
|8y95d11h33m||/Arkansas-J. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO]||Account of 05/18/11||n/a||Christopher Brobin|
|8y96d17h05m||@Arkansas 11. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO]||Royal Gorge||low runnable level||Thomas O'Keefe|
|> 10 years||Arkansas [CO]||Royal Gorge 4||700||Sam Baudoux|
|> 10 years||@Arkansas 11. Parkdale Launch to Canon City [CO]||Royal Gorge||900 cfs||Thomas O'Keefe|