Raft or Kayak the beautiful Roaring Fork River near Carbondale
Not only is this weekend during the Summer Solstice, but this day is also when the moon will be rising at it's closest position to the earth, creating a Super Moon rise at 9:00 pm! It must be a GREAT day for running the river!!
We'll put in on the Chrystal River, or on the Roaring Fork, near Carbondale, depending on flow, and take out on the Colorado at the Glenwood River Park.
Here is a link and map to the Bob Terrell Boat Launch Ramp in Carbondale where we'll put in:
The Glenwood Springs web site says:
"Carbondale -- To float the lower section of the Roaring Fork River, launch your boat at Carbondale under Highway 133. This section has great views of Mount Sopris and fun Class II and III rapids with names like Slaughterhouse, Cemetery and Pink to Black. You can take out at the Westbank Bridge, Veltus Park or Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. - See more at: http://www.visitglenwood.com/rafting#sthash.dlm2s1G8.LH5hDfwH.dpuf"
Although this river is rated II to III, depending on the water level, it is rocky with many obstacle outcroppings and tricky maneuvering.
Southwest Paddler describes the run:
"The Cemetery run, as this is sometimes called, sounds scary but it is actually the least demanding and easiest section of the Roaring Fork River. Starting just above the town of Glenwood Springs, this a is 9 mile, class II+ to III whitewater run with a gradient of only about 29 fpm. Paddlers also have an option to paddle to the confluence with the Colorado River, then down the Colorado to any available take-out if a longer trip is desired. About 7.3 miles into the run is Cemetery Rapid, the only Class III drop on this section, and it is not technically difficult."
Plan to bring your kayak or small raft and enjoy the day! ( Please stay in the water, not on the rocks.) This is the perfect river for trying out a rental kayak or raft from Colorado Mesa University's Outdoor Education Office.
- What to bring:
- * life jacket
- * helmet
- * kayak or raft ( or secure a seat on one)
- * lunch and water or beverage
- * dry bag for your stuff
- * extra change of dry clothes
- * water proof jacket (you will get wet)
- * sun screen
- * water socks and water proof shoes or booties or river sandals
Remember, the water was snow melt you were skiing on just months ago, so it will be cold. Better to bring more water proof clothes in your dry bag, then not enough!
Call Laney at[masked] if you have any questions!