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Hello,

This will be my first season living in CO. I just bought a raft rig and was wondering when I could start to float the wonderful rivers around the state.

Please let me know. Thanks in advance for any useful replies.
 

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The upper Arkansas (Buena Vista - Salida) was open a week ago. Not sure if I would float it with cold air temps, and I am not sure if its passable at current flows, but the river was ice free.
 

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Hey bsb,

There are a couple of good web sites that lists the flows on rivers:

USGS: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/current/?type=flow

All About Rivers: http://stream-flow.allaboutrivers.com/Colorado/river_flow-sCO.html

All About River also gives you the ratings on rapids, so you can determine their difficulty.

Many of the rivers are a little low right now for floating - great time for wading though. We will begin to see the flows increasing in April. The Arkansas is a great river to run, but check out the different stretches and their ratings as there are some tough rapids in various stretches. There are a lot of great stretches on the Colorado river so check these out on the site.
 
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