|Runnable Min||600 cfs|
|Runnable Max||2000 cfs|
|Class||III to IV-|
72° Mostly Sunny
Gunnison Gorge is currently
TOO HIGH to be paddled
with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Gunnison Gorge today.
Paddlers are advised to exercise caution
with streamflow levels at 2460cfs,
runnable rate of 1100cfs.
Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Gunnison River are between a bare minimum of 600cfs and a high of 2000cfs.
Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Gunnison Gorge are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset, Co..
This class III to IV- journey is accessible from
3 different boat launch points
along the Gunnison River.
Paddlers should prepare for
the 17 class III to IV- whitewater rapids
Gunnison Gorge is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers
15 riverside campsites
as the run winds its way through 14 miles of the beautiful Gunnison River.
The Black Canyon or (Gunny Gorge) is an impressive scar in the land in Western Colorado. The Gunnison River has slowly dug this ditch to around 2000 Feet deep. The Black Canyon (above Chukar Trail) section is committing and makes for a wild adventure for the expert kayaker. Portages are tough and most drops have must make moves to avoid sweepers and other nasty features. For those that make this trip though it is a trip of a lifetime for most. The Gunny Gorge section (below Chukar Trail) is a classic class III overnight trip, with one of the most difficult sections simply being accessing the river at the bottom of the steep Chukar Trail. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 72. light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
|Chukar Rapid||Class III||5369.51 Feet|
|One Miler||Class III||5352.91 Feet|
|Improvise Rapid||Class III||5347.69 Feet|
|Upper Pucker Rapid||Class II+ to III+||5319.54 Feet|
|Lower Pucker Rapid||Class II+ to III+||5314.72 Feet|
|Buttermilk Rapid||Class III to III+||5293.29 Feet|
|Red Canyon Rapid||Class III to IV-||5263.91 Feet|
|Boulder Garden Rapid||Class III to IV||5227.99 Feet|
|Paddle Keeper Rapid||Class III to III+||5221.73 Feet|
|T-Dyke Rapid||Class II+ to III||5215.04 Feet|
|S-Turn||Class III to III+||5177.71 Feet|
|The Squeeze Rapids||Class III to IV-||5167.13 Feet|
|The Three Drops Rapid||Class V- to V+||5156.93 Feet|
|Cable Rapid||Class III to IV||5156.66 Feet|
|Jumpin’ Jack Splash||Class III to III+||5154.95 Feet|
|Gate Keeper||Class III to III+||5153.72 Feet|
|Grand Finale||Class II+ to III||5154.77 Feet|
|Big Eddy Camp|
|Big Eddy Camp|
|Otter 1 camp|
|Otter 2 Camp|
|Bobcat Beach Camp|
|Ute Bluff Camp|
|Ute #2 Camp|
|Lone Tree Camp|
Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. mostly sunny, with a high near 76. breezy, with a west southwest wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between