Boating on rivers and streams are important contributors to both the quality of life and the economy of the Gunnison Basin. This article discusses the economic importance of whitewater recreation to the basin.
Recreation has recently become a factor in water management decisions. Whitewater parks have been established near Gunnison, Montrose, and Ridgway, with structures placed in the rivers to enhance the whitewater boating experience. The Gunnison Whitewater Park has its own water right. Recreation can also influence the operation of existing facilities. For instance, releases from Taylor Reservoir are timed to accommodate boaters and anglers as well as irrigators. In addition, some aging diversion structures have been reengineered to benefit fish and boaters as well as irrigators.
Popular boating locations:
- Taylor River (information from American Rivers)
- Gunnison River (Almont to Blue Mesa – Information from American Rivers)
- Gunnison Whitewater Park (information from the Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District)
- Montrose Water Sports Park (information from the City of Montrose)
- Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (information from the Bureau of Land Management)
- Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (information from the Bureau of Land Management)