U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 08/18/09|
Hundreds expected at Gore Canyon whitewater race this weekend
KREMMLING, Colo. – With hundreds of racers and spectators expected to attend the Gore Canyon Race on the Colorado River this weekend, Bureau of Land Management officials are working closely with the race organizers, Union Pacific Railroad and Grand County.
The Gore Race is a national competitive whitewater race through Gore Canyon southwest of Kremmling.
The Confluence Road from the Trough Road to the put-in for the Gore Canyon run will be closed to traffic Saturday, Aug 22, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Race organizers are providing a free shuttle between the Pumphouse Campground and the Gore Canyon put-in.
The Launch #3 area at Pumphouse will be closed to public use starting Friday, Aug. 21, so the area can be used for parking and staging for the event. The closure will be in effect until noon on Sunday, Aug. 23. Only race participants, spectators, and event personnel will be allowed into the Launch #3 area during the closure. Launch #1 and #2 will remain open throughout the weekend for general public use not associated with the race.
Camping will be allowed at Pumphouse in both developed campsites and at designated dispersed camping areas. Additional dispersed camping will be allowed as usual along the Trough Road. BLM encourages using sustainable camping practices, such as camping in established areas, keeping vehicles on roads and packing out trash.
Stout also points out that the Pumphouse Recreation Area will be occupied by high numbers of racers and spectators this weekend.
For those looking to camp away from the race activity, a limited number of campsites are available farther down river at BLM’s Radium Site.
This will be the 20th year for the race. Race organizers obtain a special recreation use permit from BLM to hold the race and coordinate closely with BLM, Union Pacific and Grand County.
For more information on the Gore Canyon Race, visit http://gorecanyon.com.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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