All about water in the Gunnison-Crested Butte area
The enclosure is well known for outstanding rafting and kayaking, ranging from scenic Class I to fast-paced whitewater Form IV on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers. There are also various options for boating on Blue Mesa and Taylor Reservoirs, maddening tricks at Gunnison Whitewater Park, and taking part in the action during Gunnison River Festival.
Constant snowfall and rain in May have outfitters enthusiastic about the upcoming season. “We are looking forward to a countless season with fun-filled rafting. Releases out of Taylor Reservoir will be strong through the end of September,” says Sign Schumacher, owner of Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting in Almont. “There will be peak flows in the stomach of summer and good flows for float fishing until the end of the season, so it will be much better than last year.”
To help make it temperately to plan a trip that includes water fun, local businesses are offering several unique packages well-suited for couples, individuals, families or groups of friends. Among the offerings are a dinner hover trip; rafting and rock climbing adventure; two nights lodging and a raft trip for $100 per human being; and a horseback riding, rafting and lodging combo available through a luxury bed and breakfast.