While many people have seen the news that a section of the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge is closed to whitewater rafting due to the Royal Gorge Fire, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding residents that a majority of the river is experiencing great spring runoff rafting conditions. The only portion of the river closed is the stretch from the public landing at Spike Buck to the takeout in Canon City which is less than 17 miles.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking to beat the heat of the summer season can enjoy rafting, kayaking, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreation activities in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).
Thanks to late spring snow storms, the the AHRA will have 10,000 acre-feet of water available this summer and will ensure the Upper Arkansas River good flows for rafting, kayaking and fishing.
White advises rafting enthusiasts planning a whitewater trip on the Arkansas to pick a trained and experienced guide. The Arkansas River Outfitters Association
has information to help the public select a whitewater boating company.
Visit the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
page for additional AHRA information.