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Colorado whitewater, Joe Wright Creek

Larimer county, County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     3 miles
  The nature scenery of Colorado and the water flowing gracefully down Joe Wright Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground stretch of Joe Wright Creek is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The Medicine Bow Mountains scenery is wonderful. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is
    a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here
do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. If you're coming from Laramie it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river  
system, the County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground stretch is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Roosevelt National Forest is worth taking a look at if you're at Joe Wright Creek, and a visit to Poudre Falls will fill your soul with magnificent feelings. So many amusing things in the Medicine Bow Mountains, just incredible. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Green Ridge Trail, and the Big South Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is so wonderful. Joe Wright Creek is a location that is reasonably dry usually.

Joe Wright Creek, County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground 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 Joe Wright Creek.
 Whitewater Near Joe Wright Creek:
Joe Wright Creek, Larimer County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.4 miles long (Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Long Draw Reservoir to Big South Campground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Indian Meadows Bridge to Narrows Picnic Ground)
Cache La Poudre River - South Fork, Larimer County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.5 miles long (Fish Creek Trailhead to Main fork)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Home Moraine to Indian Meadows Bridge)
Cache La Poudre River - North Fork, Larimer County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Cherokee Park Road to Halligan)
Laramie River, Albany County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (Jelm Public Access to Woods Landing)
Willow Creek, Grand County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (National Forest Campground to Reservoir)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.4 miles long (Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access)
 Ski Areas Near Joe Wright Creek:
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 30 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 39 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 39 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 46 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 50 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 54 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 62 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 63 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 64 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Marinas Near Joe Wright Creek:
Headwaters Marina, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
Boater's Choice, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Joe Wright Creek:
Peak To Peak Lodge Inc., Estes Park , 19 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
Gateway Inn Restaurant Cnf Ctr, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
Inn At Grand Lake, The, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
Western Riviera Lodging, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Joe Wright Creek:
Aspen Glen, Red Feather Lakes, 0 miles away
Big South, Red Feather Lakes, 1 miles away
Big South Campground, Larimer County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Joe Wright Creek:
Big South Trail, Larimer , 3 miles away
Green Ridge Trail, Larimer , 4 miles away
Zimmerman Trail, Larimer , 5 miles away
Blue Lake Trail, Larimer , 5 miles away
West Branch Trail, Larimer , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Joe Wright Creek:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 25 miles away
Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado , 14 miles away
State Forest State Park, Colorado , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Joe Wright Creek:
Grand Lake Golf Course, Grand Lake , 19 miles away
Fox Acres Country Club, Red Feather Lakes , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Joe Wright Creek
Long Draw Reservoir, Larimer , 7 miles away
Lake Irene, Grand , 11 miles away
Ypsilon Lake, Larimer , 14 miles away

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