Arkansas River Basin Snowpack Update – January 29, 2019

Posted on January 29, 2019

Mount Princeton near Buena Vista, Colorado.

Above average snowpack could bring high water in 2019

It’s looking like it could be an epic year for whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Current snowpack for the Arkansas River Basin is 131% of normal (232% of last year at this time) with more snow in the forecast. The drainages that impact whitewater rafting are even better. The Brumley Snotel is reading 146% of normal, Fremont Pass is reading 134% and Porphyry Creek (Monarch Mountain) is at 129% of normal snowpack, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

It’s only the half-way point for the snowpack season, so we still don’t have a clear picture of what the conditions will be like this summer. We are extremely optimistic, however, being that we have already surpassed last winter’s total snowpack.

Bottom line: the water outlook for the Upper Arkansas River is looking good for 2019.

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