The one and only time I floated down the Arkansas River proved to be a terrifying experience — not because it was so wild and dangerous, but because I have a low adventure quotient and just knew I would fall overboard and split my head open on a rock.
For all those who aren't afflicted with a yellow streak, however, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports that water levels on the Arkansas River within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area that previously were under a high-water advisory are now available for whitewater boating.
The agency says in a press release that flows are subsiding from their peak levels, and two of the most scenic and adventurous sections of the Arkansas River, The Numbers and the Royal Gorge, are now available for visitors to enjoy.
Families will appreciate the lower flows in Browns Canyon and Bighorn Sheep Canyon with mild to moderate rapids. The more experienced and venturesome will find an exhilarating experience in The Numbers or Royal Gorge, with unique and aptly named rapids to conquer.
The lower flows are also good news for those eager to get on the river to test their angling skills. Browns and Rainbows are hungry after the runoff, just waiting for the perfect fly or lure to tempt their feeding response.
After a day of sun and fun, AHRA also has a number of campgrounds located on the banks of the Arkansas to relax in and recount the day’s adventures.
For a list of Arkansas River outfitters, camping information, a full calendar of events and other visitor information visit AHRA’s website www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/ArkansasHeadwaters/ or call AHRA’s Visitor Center at (719) 539-7289.
The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Parks. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.