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GUNNISON GORGE

Gunnison River - colorado
Updated June 20, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Status TOO HIGH
Streamflow 2460 cfs
Average 1100 cfs
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Runnable Min 600 cfs
Runnable Max 2000 cfs
Gradient 50 FPM
Length 14 Miles
Class III to IV-
Current Weather 72° Mostly Sunny
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Streamflow Conditions

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, about 145% above the average 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..

Run Overview

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 along this run. Gunnison Gorge is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 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.

Season Begins: March & Ends: October

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
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


Weather Overview: 72° Today, Mostly Sunny

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. to 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 61° - 76°

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