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Uncompahgre Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Gunnison River

Uncompahgre Info
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Put In:  Bridge just below Ouray
Take Out:  Bridge to KOA
Difficulty:  Class V < 900 cfs, V+ > 900 cfs
Gradient:  170 fpm
Run Length:  2.2 miles
Good Level:  < 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  A good level for this section of river is just below 900 cfs. When flows are in excess of 1,000 cfs this run becomes very continuous and swims can be very dangerous
Season Comments:  May, June, July
Primary Season:  Usually runs during normal snow melt season, May, June and July
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class V rapids with few eddies, the bottom of the river contains many jagged rocks and some metal debris.
Hazards:  This stretch of river contains one continuous class V rapid with heavy consequences. At high flows, swimming can quickly become fatal. The rocks in this area are very sharp, the riverbed contains a fair amount of metal debris and there is a possibility of wood. If the flow is above 1,000 cfs running this section is not recommended.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  KOA Campground near the take out bridge
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO), 335 miles (5 hours 55 minutes) Southwest of Denver
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: The put in is the big, beige bridge just below Ouray.

Take Out: To reach the take out drive downriver for just over 2 miles to where Road 23 crosses the river near the KOA Campground.

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