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Arkansas River - colorado
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 8:45 a.m.
III- to III+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 363 cfs
Average 800 cfs
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Current Weather 81° Mostly Sunny
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Salida is home to one of the best kayak surf and rodeo parks in the country.  It is also home to the oldest whitewater festival in the United States.  See the external resources section below for the link to FIBARK. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81. west southwest wind around 5 mph.

This run is accessible from just a single access point, Access - F Street, located along the Arkansas River.

Season Begins: March & Ends: October

Streamflow Conditions

The Salida Whitewater Park is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 363cfs, about -40% below the average runnable rate of 800cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Salida Whitewater Park are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Arkansas River Below Granite, Co.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 1500cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across numerous class III- to III+ obstacles as they float down this mile stretch of the Arkansas River.

Weather Overview: 81° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. to a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. increasing clouds, with a high near 82. northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 78° - 82°

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