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Colorado whitewater, Slate River

Gunnison county, Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Edwards, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Gunnison County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Slate River beats anything. There's camping available near Slate River. The Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either
    way this area has a large number of paddling places. This stretch of Slate River in Gunnison County is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking
here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk  
your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Head up to Crested Butte and strap some skis to your feet, and Slate River is right by the Lowline Trail. At Slate River you always meet someone from Crested Butte, and a great place close by is Poverty Gulch. At this river you will always have a good time. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Trail Riders Trail. During the long summer days at Slate River highs are frequently in the 70's with night lows in the 40's. During the wintertime the highs are generally in the 30's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Slate River temperatures plunge to the-10's.

Slate River, Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground 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 Slate River.
 Whitewater Near Slate River:
Oh Be Joyful Creek, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Ankle Breaker to Beaver Ponds)
Slate River, Gunnison County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Beaver Ponds to Oh Be Joyful Campground)
Daisy Creek, Gunnison County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (40' Waterfall to confluence with Slate River)
East River, Gunnison County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 0.75 miles long (Gothic Bridge to above Stupid Falls)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Crystal Mill Falls to Crystal Gorge)
Yule Creek, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.25 miles long (10 000' to Marble Quarry)
Crystal River - North Fork, Gunnison County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.65 miles long (to scree slope)
Anthracite Creek - Ruby Fork, Gunnison County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge to Erikson Springs Campground)
Crystal River, Gunnison County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Road to Crystal to Beaver Lake)
Yule Creek, Pitkin County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Bible Camp to Crystal River)
 Ski Areas Near Slate River:
Crested Butte, Colorado , 6 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 7 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 19 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 20 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 21 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 22 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 32 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 51 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 54 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 57 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Slate River:
Cristiana Guesthaus, Crested Butte , 5 miles away
The Ruby Of Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 5 miles away
Purple Mountain Bed Breakfas, Crested Butte , 6 miles away
Grand Lodge Crested Butte, Crested Butte , 6 miles away
The Lodge At Mountaineer Square, Crested Butte , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Slate River:
Oh-Be-Joyful, Crested Butte, 2 miles away
Washington Gulch, Crested Butte, 2 miles away
Kebler Pass, Crested Butte, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Slate River:
Trail Riders Trail, Gunnison , 5 miles away
Lowline Trail, Gunnison , 11 miles away
Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway, Gunnison , 14 miles away
Mill-Castle Trail, Gunnison , 14 miles away
Granite Basin Trail, Gunnison , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Slate River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 40 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 40 miles away
Gunnison National Forest, Colorado , 17 miles away
Paonia State Park, Colorado , 21 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Slate River:
Crested Butte Country Club, Crested Butte , 8 miles away
Snowmass Golf Course, Snowmass Village , 18 miles away
Maroon Creek Club, Aspen , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Slate River
Geneva Lake, Gunnison , 9 miles away

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