Arkansas Headwaters Gears Up In Expectation Of Tremendous Whitewater Boating Season

Colorado Parks Wildlife Logo - smSALIDA, Colo. – Rafters, rejoice! Despite recent reports of low snow totals and water concerns across the western United States, whitewater boaters will find stellar conditions on the Arkansas River this spring and summer.

As of May 1, snowpack totals in the Upper Arkansas River Basin were at 103 percent of average, bucking the statewide snowpack trend, which was at only 61 percent. This year is shaping up to be one of the best ever for whitewater boating on the Arkansas River within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

“It’s really been a great year for us,” said Rob White, AHRA Park Manager. “Early spring was rather dry with low water conditions which was perfect for the fishery, and the cooler weather with all the rain and snow as of late will provide unbelievably good whitewater boating conditions all summer long.”

Snowpack totals for the Upper Arkansas River Basin have only improved since the May 1 report, reaching 133 percent of average this week, and building.

“We invite everyone to the AHRA this spring and summer to experience this year’s great whitewater boating conditions,” said White. “Because snowmelt has not yet started in earnest, the current conditions are great for families and those who would like to go boating with a commercial outfitter for the first time; while later this spring and summer, for those who like bigger water, we’ll see some of the best conditions we have seen in years.”

As always, whitewater boaters are encouraged to “know before you go” and research sections of the river before traveling them. A list of river outfitters for the AHRA can be found here: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ArkansasHeadwatersRecreationArea/Pages/RiverOutfitters.aspx

For more information on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ArkansasHeadwatersRecreationArea

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