Whitewater Rafting

July 1, 2016--Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem (Durango Herald)

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River. And he might be right. Just to reach the runnable stretch of the Upper Animas is an adventure, requiring those seeking a thrill to hop aboard the Durango & Silve


Durango’s New Whitewater Park Opens

The Whitewater Park in-stream construction that began November 2, 2013, is finished and opened on April 18th.  Features of the $1 million project include eddies, flow deflectors, and four bank-to-bank drop features that create large rapids, said Scott Shipley, Olympic paddler and designer of Durango’s Whitewater Park.


June 2, 2014--Raging Animas River keeps first-responders busy (Durango Herald)

While considerably less than the record high of 8,120 cubic feet per second of 1920, the Animas River measured at 4,910 cfs Sunday morning, enough to keep some professional guides searching for smoother sailing.


April 22, 2014--Has Durango sold its river, and its soul, to recreation? (High Country News)

Oxbow Preserve consists of 44 acres of land just north of Durango--population 15,000 people. The City acquired the land from private owners back in 2012 with the help of $400,000 in statewide lottery funds that are doled out for such things.


April 20, 2014--Durango’s new whitewater park opened Friday for the season (Durango Herald)

Boaters and kayakers took their first runs through Durango’s new Whitewater Park on Friday. The $1 million project created a number of in-river features next to Santa Rita Park. The contractor is continuing to do work along the shoreline, which is not accessible adjacent to the wastewater-treatment plant.


January 23, 2014--County acquires water rights for whitewater parks (Sky-Hi News)

Grand County was awarded historic water rights for two whitewater parks on the Colorado River in a recent water decree entered by Judge Boyd in Division 5 Water Court. The Hot Sulphur Springs Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 250 to 850 cfs. The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 860 to 1500 cfs.


Durango’s RICD

After a long process of applying for a recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) right through the water courts, a conditional water right was given to the City of Durango in 2007.

November 20, 2013--Whitewater Park ready to rock (Durango Herald)

Avid cruisers of the Animas River Trail might have noticed a giant bulldozer blocking their path. Construction has commenced along the trail beside Whitewater Park at Smelter Rapid.


October 8, 2013--Study assesses stream flow needs for enjoyable whitewater boating (Grand Junction Free Press)

What’s worth more: 50 houses in Lakewood or kayaking on Daisy Creek? That question, or something close to it, was posed on Oct. 7 following a presentation by American Whitewater staffer Chris Menges to the Gunnison Basin Roundtable on the results of a survey of flow needs for whitewater recreation in the Gunnison Basin.


May 1, 2013--Parting of the waves (Durango Herald)

In simpler and perhaps less environmentally sensitive times of the mid-1970s, a whitewater enthusiast drove a bulldozer into the Animas River to push a boulder downstream and remove an obstruction for sports like kayaking and rafting, says longtime paddler John Brennan.


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