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Upper Colorado River:

Pumphouse to State Bridge

 

Colorado River

[Upper Colorado River]

 

[Reeder Creek to Blue River]

[Gore Canyon]

[State Bridge to Dotsero]

 

 
The class II and III rapids between Pumphouse and State Bridge are perfect for those looking for beginner to intermediate whitewater rafting on the Upper Colorado River. It should be noted that canoeing is not recommended here. This area features outstanding views of scenic canyons and ranching landscapes, as well as wildlife. Visitors can enjoy fishing and even some nearby hot springs.  There are developed campgrounds at both Pumphouse Recreation Site and Radium Recreation Site.

Field Office:  Kremmling

Total Area:  12,200 acres

River Segment:  14 miles

Average River Gradient:  19 feet/mile
Rapid Classes:  II to III

Activities:
  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing









     
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Boating outfitters
  • Boat launches at Pumphouse, Radium and State Bridge
  • Hot springs
  • Developed campground at Pumphouse with 20 campsites and drinking water
  • Developed campground at Radium with 8 campsites
  • Developed and dispersed campsites along the river, available on a first come, first served basis
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Available in Eagle, Gypsum, Kremmling and Vail: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  From Kremmling: travel south on Highway 9. Just after crossing the river, turn right onto County Road 1/Trough Road. To access Pumphouse Recreation Area, turn right onto County Road 106. To access Radium Recreation Area, turn right onto County Road 11. From Wolcott: travel north on Highway 131. Just after crossing the river, turn right onto County Road 1/Trough Road. To access Radium Recreation Area, turn left onto County Road 11. To access Pumphouse Recreation Area, turn left onto County road 106.


Additional Information:

About the Upper Colorado River: Reeder Creek to
State Bridge

Fishing from Reeder Creek to
State Bridge

 

Downloads:

Map of the Upper Colorado River: Reeder Creek to
State Bridge

Map of fishing sites from Reeder Creek to State Bridge