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Colorado whitewater, Lake Fork Gunnison River

Hinsdale Gunnison county, Lake City Town Run section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     3.6 miles
  The scenic beauty of Hinsdale/Gunnison County and the water flowing gracefully down Lake Fork Gunnison River attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Colorado you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Durango, as you can see on the road
    map further down. The Lake City Town Run section of Lake Fork Gunnison River in Colorado is 3.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and
some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. 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. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. When you're paddling down  
a San Juan and Jemez Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Lake City Town Run section is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a perfect hiking trail in the vicinity of Lake Fork Gunnison River called the Ridge Stock Driveway, and nearby Sparling Gulch is a perfect site to go. Just can't get enough of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains. Near Lake Fork Gunnison River you come across the Big Blue Trail which is a good hiking trail; you'll meet a lot of people from Lake City here.

Lake Fork Gunnison River, Lake City Town Run road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Lake Fork Gunnison River.
 Whitewater Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3.6 miles long (Lake City Town Run)
Henson Creek, Hinsdale County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Cebolla River, Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Rio Grande, Hinsdale County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Rio Grande Reservoir to 12 miles above Creede)
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Uncompahgre River, Ouray County, 26 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.2 miles long (Ouray to KOA campground)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 27 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (2nd Gorge)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24.2 miles long (Silverton to Tacoma)
 Ski Areas Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 28 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 29 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 39 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 42 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 47 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 50 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 51 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 68 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 70 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
 Hotels Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Surf Chateau, Buena Vista , 1 miles away
China Clipper Inn, Ouray , 26 miles away
Bridal Veil Bed And Breakfast, Ouray , 26 miles away
St.Elmo Hotel, Ouray , 26 miles away
Beaumont Hotel And Spa, Ouray , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Lake City Campground, Lake City, 2 miles away
Wupperman, Lake City, 5 miles away
Lakeview-Bighorn - Gunnison National Forest, Delta, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Ridge Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 6 miles away
Big Blue Trail, Hinsdale , 10 miles away
Fall Creek Trail, Hinsdale , 10 miles away
Little Cimarron Trail, Hinsdale , 13 miles away
Alpine Trail, Hinsdale , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 52 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 52 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 26 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 32 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 40 miles away
 Lakes Near Lake Fork Gunnison River
Lake San Cristobal, Hinsdale , 5 miles away

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