Snowpack setting up for big whitewater rafting season on Colorado’s Arkansas River 

Posted on February 20, 2017

Big whitewater rafting season.

Arkansas River Basin snowpack 140% of normal

The snowpack in Colorado’s Arkansas River Basin is 140% of normal and 100% of average peak as we enter the last week of February. This combined with stormy weather in the short-term and extended forecasts means the Arkansas River is on track for another big whitewater rafting season in 2017.

In order to make room for run-off, water managers will likely move water in early spring from Lake Creek and Clear Creek reservoirs in the headwaters to downstream reservoirs via the Upper Arkansas River. This means above average flows are expected in April and early May.

The run-off will start around mid-May and should be well above average through the end of summer.

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Open Snow Five-Day Forecast for Monarch Mountain

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