Stay informed of news and announcements about the Colorado rivers and community we love.
  • 10/17/2021 8:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2022 Colorado Whitewater calendars are now available for purchase. This 12-month wall calendar features cool kayaking and rafting photos. Buy your calendar today!

    Colorado Whitewater 2022 Calendar

  • 09/14/2021 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado Whitewater is busy planning Fall Dinner, which will be in person this year. Yeah! Mark your calendar to join us on Wednesday, October 13th, to hear our guest speaker, Lonnie Bedwell, tell us about his latest incredible adventures. 

    Details and tickets to this event will be available soon.

  • 06/15/2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In early June, Colorado Whitewater hosted its first river weekend for CW members in nearly two years. Over 50 participants broke out into groups to run various sections of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, including Grizzly Creek, Cemetery, Shoshone, Crystal River / Bogan Canyon, and Slaugherhouse. Camping with a roaring fire, Covid pinata, and mingling with new and old friends took place Friday and Saturday evenings at camp.

    Be sure to join us for the next CW river weekend, Arkansas Weekend, July 16 - 18.



  • 02/05/2021 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several projects are underway this spring in Clear Creek Canyon that will have an impact to boaters recreating in the Canyon this runoff season. Please read the following and be aware.

    Canyon Mouth to Tunnel 1 (Peaks to Plains Trail Segment 1)

    This project has been ongoing since 2019 and should be wrapping up in June. There are no restrictions to boating through this segment, but you will find that there is no boater access from the pullout above Tunnel 1 into Golden. We will have to use the Golden Whitewater Park as a take out, or you could take out here and walk back up to the pull out above Screaming Quarter Mile or just take out above SQM.

    Photo: Pullout above Tunnel 1 (Photo courtesy of Steve Dougherty)

    Clear Creek Canyon from I-70 (Kermit’s) to Highway 119

    This project will impact access from Kermit’s down to 119 from April 5, 2021 into June (exact completion date has not been determined). The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin removing and replacing all existing tunnel lighting for Tunnels 1-3, 5, and 6 along US 6 Clear Creek Canyon between the intersection of CO 93 and CO 58 to Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs. The project will modernize the lighting in all five tunnels by replacing existing lighting with new LED tunnel lights, installing lane traffic control signals at the tunnel portals, and other infrastructure updates. The new lighting in the tunnels will improve safety and visibility in Clear Creek Canyon and will be more energy efficient. The work will be completed in two phases in Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, with a summer project shutdown to accommodate seasonal motorists. Overnight full closures will be necessary to complete this work. The full closures will take place on Sunday nights from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, and Monday through Thursday nights from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am along US 6 between I-70 and CO 119. Phase 2 will be scheduled for the fall and should not affect kayaking, but it will close off access to Clear Creek Canyon during the time work is being performed.

    Clear Creek Canyon between Tunnels 5 and 6

    Clear Creek County Open Space, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Contractor partner, CEI, will continue work on the Peaks to Plains Trail project between Tunnels 5 and 6. This project consists of the construction of a 1000-foot-long concrete trail supported by various walls and structures. A project fact sheet indicates impacts to Clear Creek that could restrict kayaking or other water sports in the area. A phone call with the project media consultant, Circuit Media, clarified that navigating through this stretch of Clear Creek should be doable, but boaters will need to stay along the north shoreline to avoid heavy equipment and construction activity taking place along the south shoreline. Signs will be placed in the area indicating any restrictions and warnings to water recreationists.

  • 01/05/2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our friends at American Whitewater:

    It’s hard to imagine what it would be like if up to 10 trains full of heavy crude oil and hazardous chemicals were rumbling by while paddling the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument and the entire upper Arkansas River. It would, without question, change the experience in negative ways, including opening up the opportunity for the major disturbances associated with any kind of derailment and spill of oil into the river.

    We need your help today to protect this incredible place. 

    This past New Year’s Eve, Colorado Midland and Pacific Railway filed a notice of exemption for lease and operations of the Tennessee Pass line that runs through the Arkansas Valley to Parkdale.

    You have two options to make your voice heard. We have created a sign on letter to be submitted along with American Whitewater's technical comments. However, if you’ve got the time to go the extra mile, we’ve included detailed directions here to submit your own filing directly to the Surface Transportation Board. Comments are due by January 22 - please take action today! 

  • 10/01/2020 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good news! The US Forest Service (USFS) announced on September 28, 2020 that the proponent of the Oro Vista Mine has withdrawn the proposal to explore for and mine placer gold on the Arkansas River. Specifically, the proposal involved drilling hand-augured test holes and dredging with a 4-inch (intake) suction dredge. This proposal is no longer under consideration by the Forest Service and has been removed from the Status of Proposed Actions (SOPA). If a new proposal is submitted in the future, it will be analyzed as a new project. Your comments matter and we appreciate everyone who took the time to write to the Forest Service to express their opinions on the project! 

    To see the comment letter submitted by CW, click here.

  • 08/25/2020 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whew! What a year. We couldn’t have all the fun we wanted. We had to fight some hard fights. We also had to face realities no one was particularly eager to encounter. After all, we just wanted to go boatin’!

    Here at Colorado Whitewater Association, we are deeply disappointed that we couldn’t provide all of the great activities you have come to enjoy and expect. But, you know what? It won’t always be like this. It will get better and we will still be here when it’s time to get back on the river.

    As a “thank you” for sticking with us, and to recognize we were unable to provide the same level of service to the paddling community as we have in the past, we are offering to extend membership for one year free. Should you want to extend membership free of charge when you get your renewal reminder, go into the renew page and select “Change”, then select “COVID-19 Individual (or Household) Membership”. That said, we are also accepting dues for 2021, should you choose to keep helping the Club out. 

    Thank you for your continued support.

    April Hillman

  • 06/01/2020 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let's daydream...

    daydream about "sending" something other than an email or Zoom meeting request. Boofing over a hole instead of onto your couch. Checking water levels instead of press releases.

    During these "stay-at-home"  and "social distancing" times, let's turn these memories and daydreams into... A CONTEST!!

    There were many amazing entries for the three categories, but ultimately we can only have one winner from each category. These are the top entries based off of judges' scoring (runners up will likely be shared periodically for viewers' enjoyment on social media and in newsletters pending their permission).

    PHOTO: "Race to Prom" by Ryan Wiegman

    VIDEO: "A Happy Day" by Ry Sherman

    WRITTEN: "River Metaphors for Grappling with Reality" by Nicole Harty

  • 08/02/2018 12:54 PM | Deleted user

    Colorado Whitewater is excited to invite you to the very first Thirsty Third Thursday. You might ask, what is Thirsty Third Thursday? It’s a way to get to know your fellow kayakers off the river while enjoying a night out. It’s also a way to educate yourself about various river topics. This month’s event will be held on August 16th at 6:30PM at the Mountain Toad Brewery in Golden. The topic for this month- paddles and different paddle shapes and sizes with Nik White. See you there!!!

    If you have a topic you would like covered or ideas please email:

  • 08/02/2018 12:44 PM | Deleted user

    By Brett Jacobs

    On Saturday June 30th, Brooke Smith led a Milk Run + Browns Canyon cruise in celebration of Pride Month to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer boaters and allies. The event was a success with 28 LGBTQ boaters and LGBTQ allies participating in the cruise! Many of the participants sported festive Pride themed attire and accessories (check out the photos below!).  The event concluded with drinks and snacks at the take out (thank you Dede!). In leading the cruise, Brooke was supported by a group of LGBTQ boaters who consistently volunteer with CW.  The LGBTQ members of CW who participated in the cruise are grateful that CW is an organization where they feel safe being “out” and being themselves while participating in the river sports that CW members are so passionate about. A big thank you to all the LGBTQ allies who attended the event.  Without the support from allies, the LGBTQ community would not have made the progress it has made toward equal rights and acceptance. The cruise was a fun and festive day and a great way to end June. Internationally June is recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month to commiserate the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan in June 1969.

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