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14th Annual River Awareness Float Trip & River Festival on the Gunnison

  • May 18, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Please join us for the[masked]th Annual River Awareness Float Trip & River Festival on the Gunnison.

This benefits the NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center in Paonia/ Hotchkiss

( http://www.theconservationcenter.org/ ) .

 

** Note that this event is hosted and organized by The Conservation Center.

http://www.theconservationcenter.org/upcoming-events/annual-river-awareness-float-trip

 

Registration is now available at the web site above, $20 for adults and $15 kids 8-12. Registration is quick and easy (includes a tax deductible donation and liability release). 
Raft owners/captains are especially appreciated, but all are welcome.  All rafters of all abilities are encouraged to come--no experience or equipment is necessary!  You'll meet some cool people, see some great scenery, support a good organization, and have a great lunch (BBQ in the park!)  **

Other WSA raft owners are invited to participate.

 

The following text is from NFRIA-WSERC:

New this year! We are partnering with Gunnison River Farms to host the Inaugural Lower Gunnison River Festival at the float take-out – Featuring food, live music, watercraft demos, silent auctions, games, and other fun family-friendly activities.

The float this year will be on Gunnison River  from the BLM Forks (near Pleasure Park) to Gunnison River Farms, in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA).  For the first time in decades boaters can safely float  this stretch thanks to the Relief Ditch Diversion Dam Project this past winter. The project, which was funded in part by proceeds from last year’s float, restored healthy flow, fish migration, and riparian habitat at the dam.

We’re always looking for extra boats, captains, and life jackets! Please contact riverpark at theconservationcenter.org to volunteer.

 

Please contact Joanna [masked] x204 or [masked]) if you are not yet signed up as a boat captain, sponsor, or volunteer and would like to sign up. Volunteer spots are limited, on a first come basis.

Please contact Joanna [masked] x204 or [masked]) if you are not yet signed up as a boat captain, sponsor, or volunteer and would like to sign up. Volunteer spots are limited, on a first come basis.


River Park Coordinator/Americorps VISTA
NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center
PO Box 1612 ~ 204 Poplar Ave
Paonia, CO 81428
[masked]x204
[masked]
www.theconservationcenter.org

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned a lot, about river flow, fun/safe navigation and anthropology. The digs are now revealing that there were people living in our area over 12,000 years ago. I enjoyed the river immensely, I had fun at the pic-nic too, even though it was windy. I tried the paddle boards on land and took in the test-drive show as Barbara skimmed around like a pro, out on the windy pond on a cool paddle board! Sweet! The music was why this event didn't get 5 stars. The band was three hours late!
    It was fun exploring with Mary and Doug afterwards. We saw so many other river spots up towards Paonia too.

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    That was a 'cataraft', not cataract for Pam. The section we floated was ~2320 cfs with only ~300 cfs of that coming in from the main Gunnison River, which joins the North Fork right there at Pleasure Park where today's float began.

    Upper North Fork from confluence of Coal Creek & North Fork down to the diversion just below Sommerville looks great at about this water level. Today that section is running 1820 cfs, rated a moderate flow and class III difficulty according to American Whitewater web site.

    May 18, 2013

    • Paul S

      They call that the Industrial Run (goes thru Somerset)

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for coming! The Conservation Center is so grateful for your support. You were the most fun, laid back, enthusiastic team of captains and rafters -- and the festival was a great party! Looking forward to next year :-)

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Good day on the river, with lots of happy river folks. Wonderful array of boats. The section we floated was new to me, and was thrilling for that newness. Yet more fun to be had in our "back yard".

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Delightful day trip. One could camp on river left at a shady cottonwood grove and relax and go fishing, too. Many varied and well-loved craft were floating the river today.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Great river? Check. 200 (+) people in boats? Check. Weather that is neither too hot nor too cool? Check. Archeological dig along the way with people to explain what they are doing? Check. Good food, music, people,? Check check and more check.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    American WW web site calls that upper NFG section 8.8 miles long with an average gradient of 42 ft/mile. That is steep but from all we could see from the road and bridges, it looks to be an even gradient- just moving quickly and with few eddies. Back paddle a lot on that section to control your speed and it'll all be a great run. Looked like there might be between 3-5 or more mile more up stream on Coal &/or Anthracite Creeks that could be added on to make for a longer and slightly more diverse day.

    May 18, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    210 people on the river was a record for this event and we were 10 of that #. We had a paddle boat for Mary, Sophia and me, the "craft" for 3Doug and Pam's cataract , dubbed John and the floating Divas Great day on mellow, beautiful section of river fab pictographs added to great day Later, went to look at upper river for a future trip on North Fork & tributaries

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Three D.

    A good event for a worthwhile cause and another great time on the river with good people...Most enjoyable...!

    May 18, 2013

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