Gunnison River Whitewater Park is a fun, several hundred-foot, section of whitewater that can get pretty serious at times. It’s located about a mile from downtown Gunnison on Highway 50. It was built for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. It’s mainly used by kayakers, but it can be fun to tube once the water levels are lower, which is usually later in the summer.
Rocks and boulders were used to create a series of currents, eddies, holes, and riffles. It’s an ideal place for practicing your whitewater technique. It’s also a fun spot to just hang out and enjoy the scenery. It’s used for commercial rafting trips in town. The whitewater park includes a picnic area with grills and plenty of parking. A trail runs along the shore of the river, granting easy fishing access.
Each summer usually around July they host the annual Gunnison River Festival, which invites, rafters to come out and have fun on the whitewater park. It’s a bit of an on-water parade. A short stroll through riparian habit along the Gunnison River. There are usually brochures available near the start with info on trees, shrubs, and perennial wildflowers.
Address: Corner of Hwy 50 and Co Rd 38, Gunnison, CO
Season: Summer | Sunrise – 10 pm
Requirements: Kids under 13 must have a life jacket