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Gunnison River – Lower Gunnison River White Water Rafting Description:

Easygoing section of the Gunnison River that floats through meadows and ranches between the more popular sections of the Gunnison Gorge and Dominguez-Escalante Canyon. This section does provide a great trip for young kids and fisherman.

Find the Gunnison River in Colorado

Recommended Trips on the Lower Gunnison River:

Trip Name:
Half & Full Day
Sections Included:
Portion of Lower Gunnison
Outfitter:
Gunnison River Expeditions
Learn More:
www.gunnisonriverexpeditions.com; 970.874.8184

Gunnison River – Lower Gunnison River Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class I-II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 5092′ to 4826′
Average Gradient: 9.5′ per mile

Access to Access

Gunnison Forks to Austin: 7.0 miles
Austin to Delta: 7.0 miles
Delta to Escalante Canyon Rd: 14.0 miles
Total Mileage: 28.0 miles

GPS Coordinates to Lower Gunnison River Access Points – Gunnison River:

  • Gunnison Forks Access: 38.784733,-107.836626
  • Austin Access: 38.780417,-107.947723
  • Delta Access: 38.752979,-108.078797
  • Escalante Canyon Rd Access: 38.75807,-108.257614

Cities Near the Lower Gunnison River Section:

  • Delta, Montrose & Grand Junction

Information for Gunnison River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge, Lower Gunnison and Dominguez-Escalante Canyon) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Montrose, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
  • River Manager:U.S Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre Field Office
    2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
    970.240.5300 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html

Shuttles:
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
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I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
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We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
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Erin L.
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Kirby S.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
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Phil G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.

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