We are expecting Snowmelt To Peak This Week And Will Have Big Impacts on the local rivers. The streams and rivers in the Upper Gunnison River Basin are running fast and at their banks this week as we’re nearing peak snowmelt. Many are excited to hit the river in their kayaks and rafts however these conditions can be extremely dangerous. The Gunnison County Sheriff has already shut down parts of the Gunnison River between Almont and North Bridge at Highway 135 in an effort to maintain safety. This closure applies to all water vessels and remains in effect until further notice. In a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday, “This closure of the Gunnison River, between Almont and North Bridge is due to safety concerns, large debris, high water and unpassable bridges. The Gunnison River, below North Bridge is still open to the public, and it is highly recommended only professional water recreational users be navigating the rivers at this time. It is strongly encouraged to wear personal protective equipment, including a life jacket, and to exercise extreme caution.” While the snowy winter has meant swollen rivers, we expect an abundant wildflower season this year. We look forward to much fun on the rivers this summer but in the meantime, please abide by the closures and stay safe out there. For more information on the river closures, please read Snowmelt To Peak This Week And Will Have Big Impacts.
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