On the River: Bye to snows, hello to flows | AspenTimes.com

On the River: Bye to snows, hello to flows

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, the rivers are rising. And paddlers are itching for action.With snowpack at solid levels around much of the state, this spring promises to be a dandy. Here are a few early season options for those with a high tolerance for near-freezing temps.Locally, the Roaring Fork is flowing at 1,010 cfs near Glenwood, enough for a trip on the Cemetery run. The Colorado River is at 1,670 cfs near Dotsero for Shoshone and 3,000 below Glenwood Springs for South Canyon.The Colorado near State Line is reportedly at 10,900 cfs for Westwater.It’s a pretty good early bird local scene as USGS gauges report few other rivers around the state with sufficient flows. Those include:The Gunnison River is at 6,020 near Grand Junction for Escalante to Westwater, at 1,610 below the Gunnison Tunnel for Black Canyon and Gunny Gorge, and 735 cfs near Gunnison for the town run.The town run in Durango on the Animas is at 2,150.More urban paddling? The South Platte in Denver is flowing at 752 cfs for Confluence Park.The Yampa also is reportedly juiced up nicely.If you go, make sure your drysuit is patched and your skin is thick. The USGS reports the Roaring Fork River near Glenwood Springs was between 39 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. The Colorado is bound to be warmer but by no means out of the frigid range. Hey, it’s still April. And the rivers are rising.

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