High water typically occurs from June 1 June 15, making the whitewater more challenging and difficult during this time of year and decreasing the trip times from those shown above. Generally, the river remains floatable throughout the summer and fall. The water is very cold early in the season and risk of hypothermia is high. State law requires boaters to wear lifejackets while on the water.
Many access sites along the stretch. The most commonly used access points are State Bridge, Catamount Bridge, Pinball Point and Lyons Gulch.
July and August weekend mornings are peak time activity. Campsites are semi-developed and are easy to find. Permits are not required for private, non-commercial recreational use of BLM land along the river.
Although floating through private land is legal, private lands are not open for public use. Please do not walk, camp on or otherwise cross private land without the owner's permission. State Bridge is a river access site on private land and fees are required by the owner/operators for camping, parking and boat launching/takeout.
A river booklet, "The Upper Colorado River Recreation Area," is available for download in Adobe PDF format. The Upper Colorado River Recreation Area Guide (2.7 MB)
A website developed through Mesa State College called the Colorado Canoe Trails River Guides is a useful tool to find details about the Colorado River.
For information on other rivers in Colorado, you may contact other BLM offices, or the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA), P.O. Box 1662, Buena Vista, Colorado, 81211, 303-369-4632.