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Colorado whitewater, Gunnison River - North Fork

Gunnison county, Paonia Reservoir to below Somerset section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     8.8 miles
  The scenic beauty of Gunnison County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Montrose, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Gunnison River - North Fork in Colorado is 8.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch
    has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Paonia Reservoir to below Somerset stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has
a large number of paddling places. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Paonia State Park are good to explore, and there are plenty of folks from Somerset here. Gunnison National
Forest is a delightful site to visit; since you're here you can take a hike along the Sunset Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. A delightful spot in the neighborhood of Gunnison River - North Fork is Box Canyon; going for a hike along the Hammond Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. Through the summer, highs regularly are in the 70's at Gunnison River - North Fork. Summer nighttime lows dip down to the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 30's; through the dark hours in the wintertime at Gunnison River - North Fork temperatures dip to the-10's.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Gunnison River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Gunnison River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 8.8 miles long (Paonia Reservoir to below Somerset)
Crystal River, Pitkin/ Gunnison County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Marble to Redstone)
Crystal River - South Fork, Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Schofield Pass to Crystal)
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
Crystal River, Pitkin/Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Redstone to Penny Hot Springs)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche Creek)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Crystal River, Pitkin County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 4.8 miles long (Avalanche Creek to B.R.Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 31 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 45 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 51 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 62 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 63 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Carbondale , 29 miles away
Days Inn Carbondale, Carbondale , 29 miles away
Cristiana Guesthaus, Crested Butte , 30 miles away
The Ruby Of Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 31 miles away
Purple Mountain Bed Breakfas, Crested Butte , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Paonia State Park - Spruce, Somerset, 6 miles away
Paonia State Park - Hawsapple, Somerset, 6 miles away
Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je West, Somerset, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Hammond Trail, Gunnison , 3 miles away
Sunset Trail, Gunnison , 5 miles away
Hammond Trail, Gunnison , 7 miles away
Minnesota Pass Trail, Gunnison , 8 miles away
Through Line Trail, Gunnison , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunnison River - North Fork:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 62 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 62 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 5 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 12 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Gunnison River - North Fork
Overland Reservoir, Delta , 18 miles away
Crater Lake, Delta , 19 miles away

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