FRISCO — Late-season storms have helped boost snowpack in the Blue River to near last year’s level, promising healthy runoff and flows in Summit County, according to Denver Water.
The effects of the steady barrage of spring storms is already showing up the Lower Blue River, where flows are increasing due to increased releases from Dillon Reservoir, according to Denver Water, which won’t be diverting water through the Roberts Tunnel until mid-July at the earliest. Continue reading “Colorado: Big flows expected in Blue River”→
Collaborative planning helps sustain boating on the Arkansas River
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite an emerging wave of publicity about the early stages of a major Colorado drought, stakeholders on the Arkansas River say a long-standing collaborative management effort should help salvage a decent boating season on one of the state’s most popular rivers.
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the biggest spring whitewater events is set for Mother’s Day weekend near Taos, New Mexico, where rafters and kayakers will compete in a downriver race, a whitewater rodeo and a raft race on the Rio Grande near Pilar.
“This event kicks off the white water season,” said Cisco Guevara from Los Rios River Runners, one of the event sponsors. “It will be wild and fun and exciting.”
Other sponsors include Kokopelli Rafting Adventures and Surfs Up Kayak School.
Friday, May 6, 7 to 9 p.m. — event pre-registration and a video-a-thon of exciting whitewater films at the Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, 1005 Paseo de Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM.
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m downriver open-class kayak race. 1 to 3 p.m. — Kayak rodeo, where participants will perform tricks at designated re-circulating holes in the Rio Grande. 5 to 7 p.m. — awards ceremony and video-a-thon will be held at Shadows Lounge and Grill, 330a Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM.
Sunday, May 8, 4 to 6 p.m — Raft race will take place from Quartzite to County Line near Pilar, NM. From 6 to 8 p.m. — awards ceremony at the Blue Heron Brewery, 2214 Highway 68, Rinconada, NM.
Whitewater outfitters report second-best year on record
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”→