Uncompahgre River Rafting Trips in Colorado

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Uncompahgre River White Water Rafting Description:

As the water pours downs from the north side of the majestic and steep San Juan Mountains, it cuts through the rock creating the beautiful Uncompahgre River. As the river, which loosely translated means “red water lake”, flows past the towns of Ouray and Ridgway it transforms from a rocky, technical and steep pace to slower and more laid-back. With scenery that some say is reminiscent of Switzerland, the Uncompahgre is sure to make for an amazing river adventure in Colorado.

Find the Uncompahgre River in Colorado

• Difficulty: Class II-IV+ (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – June

White Water Rafting Trips on the Uncompahgre River:

Trip Lengths:
1/4, 1/2 & Full Day
Outfitter:
RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service
Learn More:
fishrigs.com; 888.626.4460

 

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Uncompahgre River Rafting Sections:

Ouray
Class IV-V
Fast-paced and technical, this short section of river offers up fun and splashy holes with outstanding views of the mountains surrounding the small town of Ouray.

Ridgway
Class II-III
This mellow section of river is laid-back and mild, with the exception of the punchy double set of holes in the Ridgway whitewater park.

Below Ridgway Reservoir
Class II-III
Continuous with mild and exciting rapids. Access to this section of river is private and only outfitters with special permission are allowed to raft it.

 

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The Uncompahgre River is located in southwest/west-central Colorado near the small mountain communities of Ouray and Ridgway.

Information for Uncompahgre River Self-Guided Boaters:

  • 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:
If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

 

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