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Royal Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Arkansas River

Mike Annese running the top hole in Sledge Hammer Rapid at 1600 cfs
View of Royal Gorge Bridge from the River Brad Goettemoeller and Joe Pawlak R2 through Sunshine Rapid at 3200 cfs Bottom of Pumphouse Rapid at 1600 cfs Sledgehammer Rapid below the top hole at 1600 cfs The New Sunshine Rapid after it changed in 1995 at 1600 cfs
Top of Boateater Rapid at 1600 cfs Royal Gorge Train along the Grateful Dead Rapid at 1600 cfs Old Pumphouse between Upper and Lower Pumphouse Rapid at 1600 cfs

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Royal Gorge Info
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Put In:  Parkdale Recreation Area
Take Out:  Centennial Park
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  46 ft/mi
Run Length:  11.5 miles
Flow Information (phone):  watertalk 303-831-7135, 2*, 60*. Arkansas River at Parkdale.
Good Level:  700 - 3000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Daily self issued permits required. $3/person for river access and use of picnic site, additional fees for camping
Character/Similar To:  Beautiful deep river gorge. Jagged, red rocks. When water is high the Gorge is one continuous class IV run.
Hazards:  fast water, sharp rocks
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  mixed
Wilderness:  no
Camping on River:  no, the canyon is very narrow and steep
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 180 miles Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-In: 2 miles west of Parkdale bridge on the north side of Hwy 50 (mile 93.5).

Take-Out: Follow Hwy 50 into Canon City, turn south on Fourth Street, cross the river, turn right into Centennial park.

Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River

Last Edited by josho on 5/16/2011

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