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Colorado whitewater, Lake Fork Gunnison River

Hinsdale Gunnison county, Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     5 miles
  The nature scenery of Hinsdale/Gunnison County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The put-in is not too far from Montrose, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The campgrounds here at Lake
    Fork Gunnison River are pretty good. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a
large number of paddling rivers. The Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir section of Lake Fork Gunnison River in Hinsdale/Gunnison County is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you  
might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
A good spot to check out next to Lake Fork Gunnison River is Cutler Draw; this is a popular place for people from Powderhorn. Lake Fork Gunnison River is pretty dry mostly. August is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest month is February. For the period of the summer at Lake Fork Gunnison River highs are commonly in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 40's. Through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the-10's to Lake Fork Gunnison River.

Lake Fork Gunnison River, Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir 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 Lake Fork Gunnison River.
 Whitewater Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Redbridge to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Cebolla River, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Highway 149 to Blue Mesa Reservoir)
Lake Fork Gunnison River, Hinsdale/Gunnison County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 3.6 miles long (Lake City Town Run)
Henson Creek, Hinsdale County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Above Nellie Creek to 1/2 mile from Lake City)
Cimarron River, Gunnison / Montrose County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 10.2 miles long (Big Cimarron Campground to Cimarron Road bridge)
Cimarron River, Montrose County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Cimarron to Gunnison River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Scenic River Tours, Gunnison County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Gunnison River, Montrose County, 30 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail)
 Ski Areas Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 35 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 41 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 53 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 53 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 53 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 56 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
 Hotels Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Surf Chateau, Buena Vista , 18 miles away
The Water Wheel Inn, Gunnison , 20 miles away
Rodeway Inn Gunnison, Gunnison , 21 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Gunnison, Gunnison , 23 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Gunnison, Gunnison , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Curecanti National Recreation Area - Gateview, Powderhorn, 2 miles away
Red Bridge, Powderhorn, 2 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area - Lake Fork Arm, Powderhorn, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Ridge Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 16 miles away
Alpine Trail, Hinsdale , 16 miles away
Fall Creek Trail, Hinsdale , 16 miles away
Little Cimarron Trail, Hinsdale , 18 miles away
Hartman Trail, Gunnison , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 44 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 44 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 25 miles away
Crawford State Park, Colorado , 31 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lake Fork Gunnison River:
Gunnison Golf Club, Gunnison , 18 miles away

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