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Colorado whitewater, Gunnison River

Montrose Delta county, Chukar to North Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     13.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Montrose/Delta County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Montrose, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are
    not very forgiving. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go
ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The Chukar to North Fork section of Gunnison River is 13.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good spots for that around here. There's camping available near Gunnison River.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Sweitzer State Park is a delightful place any time of year, and you'll probably meet some folks from Hotchkiss here. While staying at Gunnison River you could always explore Red Canyon. At Gunnison River through the summer months highs are in the 90's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 30's with temperatures at Gunnison River dipping down into the 10's all through winter nights. It is very arid here at Gunnison River ordinarily. October is when you get the most rain here, and the driest of the months is February.

Gunnison River, Chukar to North Fork road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gunnison River.
 Whitewater Near Gunnison River:
Gunnison River, Montrose/Delta County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 13.5 miles long (Chukar to North Fork)
Whitewater Outfitter - Black Canyon Anglers, Delta County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gunnison River, Montrose County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rigs FLY Shop & Guide Service, Ouray County, 30 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Gunnison River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 30 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 49 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 57 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 61 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 61 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 72 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 73 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
 Hotels Near Gunnison River:
Stay Wise Inn Montrose, Montrose , 11 miles away
Super 8 Montrose, Montrose , 11 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Montrose, Montrose , 11 miles away
Red Arrow Inn And Suites, Montrose , 11 miles away
Days Inn Montrose, Montrose , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunnison River:
Gunnison Gorge Special Recreation Management Area, Lazear, 1 miles away
Ute Trailhead, Lazear, 2 miles away
Gunnison Gorge Special Recreation Management Area - Duncan, Lazear, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Gunnison River:
Green Mountain Trail, Delta , 17 miles away
Blue Grouse Trail, Delta , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunnison River:
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 67 miles away
Sweitzer State Park, Colorado , 14 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunnison River:
Cimarron Creek Golf Course, Montrose , 11 miles away
Black Canyon Golf Club, Montrose , 12 miles away
Deer Creek Village Golf, Cedaredge , 12 miles away

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