Bill Glasscock, co-founder of Montrose Kayak and Surf, knows he’s a lucky waterman. After all, it’s not every full-service whitewater shop that reaps huge benefits from a nearby National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Referring to the extreme drought that’s plagued the state the last few months, Glasscock said, “Lots of Colorado saw no river season this year. But we have something special going for us: The Gunnison Tunnel.”
Not only is the area under fire restrictions, the water situation is rapidly drying up as well. The two main reservoirs in the county, Blue Mesa and Taylor reservoirs, are significantly below their average fill levels for this time of year and the tributaries that feed them are down to trickles in some cases.