Tag: Colorado rafting

BLM plans new Colorado River boat launch at Radium

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Comments wanted on recreation improvements

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The boat launch at Radium, along the Upper Colorado River, is no longer adequate to handle the traffic in the popular river recreation area, so the BLM is proposing to build a new facility in time for the busy summer season. About 60,000 people use the area each year, according to the agency.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on its proposal to construct a new boat launch at the popular Radium Recreation Site on the upper Colorado River.The new launch would be in addition to the single existing boat launch currently at Radium. More details are online at this website. Continue reading “BLM plans new Colorado River boat launch at Radium”

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Colorado rafting industry rides high in 2010

Whitewater outfitters report second-best year on record

Whitewafter rafting on the Arkansas River is fun, and it's also a big economic factor, valued at about $62 million in 2010. PHOTO COURTESY COLORADO STATE PARKS.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s rafting industry bounced back from a down year in 2009 to near-record levels, hosting more than a half-million user days between April and September, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

The trade group recently held its annual meeting in Grand Junction, releasing a report that valued the economic impact of rafting at about $150 in 2010, up about 4.9 percent from the previous year. That was the second-highest total since CROA began tracking these statistics in 1988, trailing only the banner year of 2007 (544,000 rafters). Continue reading “Colorado rafting industry rides high in 2010”