Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area River FlowsBoosted by Mountain Rains
Credit: CPW press release
SALIDA, Colo. – Recent heavy rains in the mountain valleys surrounding the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and a continued release of water as part of the Voluntary Flow Management Program have boosted water flows for whitewater boating on the river to levels equal to or better than we have had all summer, said AHRA Manager Rob White Wednesday. The rains have recharged the local drainages, which means that fairly good whitewater conditions should continue through August, he said.
The Voluntary Flow Management Program is a cooperative effort, crafted in the 1990’s for the Arkansas River by what is now Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Trout Unlimited, the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Arkansas River Outfitters Association.
“Lake County, the headwaters for the Arkansas River, has been enjoying afternoon and evening rainstorms this month” said White. “That translates into pretty good conditions for rafting, kayaking and other types of boating all along the Arkansas River. And this is good news for anglers as well, as water temperatures have declined providing less stressful conditions on the fishery.”
Running from the alpine highlands below Leadville to the open prairies above Pueblo, the AHRA encompasses Colorado’s widely diverse geology, topography and history. The breadth of these resources provides vast opportunities for the enjoyment of nature and outdoor recreation, set against a spectacular vista of mountains and open country. The AHRA is one of America’s premier recreation rivers. Additional information on the AHRA is available at: www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/ArkansasHeadwaters. The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Parks. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River valley.