Fallen trees pose danger on Crystal | AspenTimes.com

Fallen trees pose danger on Crystal

CARBONDALE ” Boaters in the Bogan Canyon area of the Crystal River should beware of fallen trees.

Several trees have fallen and blocked the river in that area, according to White River National Forest officials.

“These obstacles can be a significant hazard to kayakers, rafters and other boaters,” said Aspen/Sopris Acting District Ranger Mike Kenealy.

Signs were posted on Wednesday warning boaters of the danger.

The upper blockage consists of two trees primarily without branches and is located downstream of a sharp left-hand turn in the river, leaving boaters little time for reaction. The second blockage is a large spruce that fell across the river. The tree has many visible limbs and can be seen by boaters from more than 100 yards upstream.

At current flows, both blockages are directly at water level, and while it is a tight squeeze, there is room for kayakers to portage around the trees.

Kenealy recommends that boaters assess the situation before paddling by walking above the canyon and scouting the river.

Bogan Canyon is located between the towns of Marble and Redstone and is a popular section of the river, primarily for experienced kayakers.

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