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Salida Whitewater Park Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Arkansas River

Air loop in the upper hole at Fibark 2005 at 2,000 cfs
Upper hole at Fibark 2005 at 2,000 cfs Sunset at the Salida Whitewater Park Upper hole at Fibark 2005 at 2,000 cfs Upper hole at Fibark 2005 at 2,000 cfs Lower hole at 850 cfs
Upper Hole at Fibark 2006 at 1800 cfs Upper Hole at Fibark 2006 at 1800 cfs Crowd watching Finals of Fibark 2006 under the lights at 1800 cfs The Boatramp scene at Fibark 2002 Spectators watching the Freestyle Event at FIBArk 2002 at 500 cfs
Board Surfing at the Lower Hole at 1700 cfs Shredding the lower hole in Salida at 1700 cfs

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  • Salida and Buena Vista Whitewater Park
  • Salida Whitewater Park Info
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    Put In:  Salida Boat Ramp
    Take Out:  Riverside Park
    Difficulty:  Park & Play Upper Hole is faster and rowdier than lower hole
    Run Length:  .25 mile
    Streamflow Comments: 

    The upper hole is good at almost all levels. It gets pretty rowdy at around 2000 cfs and gets rowdier with higher flows. The lower hole slower and more gentle. It washes out at about 1600 cfs. It's good for front surfing at higher flows though. The lower hole is great for beginners.

    Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    Primary Season: 

    It gets cold in the winter and sometimes the river has chunks of ice. The flows usually come up in late May and are at least 700ish through mid-August. Still boatable at lower flows but more of a pourover.

    Permit:  None.
    Hazards:  F street bridge downstream of the first hole. It's easy to avoid but it has wrapped rafts and hooligan crafts before. However, swimmers usually slide around it.
    Land Ownership:  City of Salida.
    Wilderness:  NO
    Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 150 miles Southwest of Denver, CO
    Area Name:  Mountain West
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    From 1st Street (Hwy 291) in Salida turn towards the river on G Street. Go 1 block to Sackett Street, turn left and an immediate right into the boat ramp. You'll see lots of cars and kayaks.

    Salida Whitewater Park on the Arkansas River

    This is one of the most popular whitewater play features in Colorado. It's good at almost all levels. See the flow comments above.

    This a great place for beginners to start running whitewater. Advanced boaters will find the upper hole better for playing at most levels. It's forgiving enough for beginners to get through it with lots of time to roll in the slow moving water below. The lower hole is better for learning new moves and for beginners to learn how to playboat because it's slower and more gentle.

    Last Edited by josho on 5/16/2011

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