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North Fork Gunnison Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Gunnison River

North Fork Gunnison Info
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Put In:  Below Paonia Reservoir
Take Out:  Below Somerset
Difficulty:  Class III < 2,000 cfs , Class IV - > 2,000 cfs
Gradient:  41 fpm
Run Length:  8.8 miles
Good Level:  > 300 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Flow on this strecth of river are dependant on current snowpack

Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  Expect this section to run early during the snowmelt season, it usually runs during April and May, depending on current snowpack it will sometimes run as late as June.
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class III or class IV depending on water levels. This section always has action at all flows, below 2,000 cfs it is very continuous with small waves, at flows above 2,000 cfs expect large waves and a few big holes developing.
Hazards:  Make sure and take out above the Weir just below Somerset, it is a big pinning hazard. Dont boat past the Weir because there are many more hazardous man made structures. Also below Somerset there is a large boulder that seperates the flow of the river, most of the water pushes to the left channel, take the right channel because the left channel contains a large logjam.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 219 miles (4 hours 19 minutes) Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: The take out is just down stream of Somerset on Highway 133 just above the Weir.

Put In: Drive upstream on Highway 133 from the take out and put in just below Paonia Reservoir.

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