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Tributary - Big Cimarron, Big Cimarron Campground Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Gunnison River


Tributary - Big Cimarron, Big Cimarron Campground Info
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Put In:  Big Cimarron Campground
Take Out:  Cimarron Rd. Bridge
Difficulty:  Class V < 500 cfs, V+ > 500 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  Average 144 fpm, Highest 240 fpm
Run Length:  10.2 milies
Good Level:  500 - 700 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Flows on this river are dependant on current snowpack. Catch this section when Silver Jack Dam is releasing or spilling 350 cfs because just below a diversion dam pulls out about 100 cfs.

Season Comments:  May, June
Primary Season:  This section of river usually runs during normal snow melt season. Expect this section to run in May and June
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This section of whitewater is very challenging, remote, and human impact is obvious in many places. Expect a long day of adventure with great scenery
Hazards:  There are many challenging class V rapids on this section. While there are only 2 mandatory portages around rapids, expect to portage around new wood and the few barbed wire fences in the last couple of miles.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed private and public
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Big Cimarron Campground at the put in
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 318 miles (5 hours 34 minutes) Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: Head east on Highway 50 from the town of Cimarron, in 2 miles turn south and head up the Big Cimarron Valley. The take out bridge is two miles up the valley.

Put In: From the take out continue up the valley for 12 miles to the Big Cimarron Campground, and put in.





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