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Lower Gunnison River


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lower gunnison river overview

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.
Recommended Trips on the Lower Gunnison River:
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Half & Full Day
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Portion of Lower Gunnison
Gunnison River Expeditions
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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



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


  • 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 ~

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

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