Welcome to Colorado Whitewater

Are you just getting started with whitewater kayaking and looking for a great way to start running rivers? Or perhaps you're an experienced paddler who'd like to meet local boaters and give something back to the Colorado whitewater community?

Then come see what we're all about!


UPDATE: Oro Vista Mining Proposal Near Numbers Put In
Good news! The US Forest Service (USFS) announced on September 28, 2020 that the proponent of the Oro Vista Mine has withdrawn the proposal to explore for and mine placer gold on the Arkansas River. Specifically, the proposal involved drilling hand-augured test holes and dredging with a 4-inch (intake) suction dredge. This proposal is no longer under consideration by the Forest Service and has been removed from the Status of Proposed Actions (SOPA). If a new proposal is submitted in the future, it will be analyzed as a new project. Your comments matter and we appreciate everyone who took the time to write to the Forest Service to express their opinions on the project! 

To see the comment letter submitted by CW, click here.

**State Wildlife Area Rules - What it means to Boaters**

****Free Membership Extension / Join the Board!!****

Whew! What a year. We couldn’t have all the fun we wanted. We had to fight some hard fights. We also had to face realities no one was particularly eager to encounter. After all, we just wanted to go boatin’!

Here at Colorado Whitewater Association, we are deeply disappointed that we couldn’t provide all of the great activities you have come to enjoy and expect. But, you know what? It won’t always be like this. It will get better and we will still be here when it’s time to get back on the river!

As a “thank you” for sticking with us, and to recognize we were unable to provide the same level of service to the paddling community as we have in the past, we are offering to extend membership for one year free. Should you want to extend membership free of charge when you get your renewal reminder, go into the renew page and select “Change”, then select “COVID-19 Individual (or Household) Membership”. That said, we are also accepting dues for 2021, should you choose

Further – it’s that time of year again…we are now accepting nominations and interest for our board member positions! All board positions are volunteer based and elected. Position descriptions are here: https://coloradowhitewater.org/cw-board-positions.

If you are interested in shaping CW’s future with us, email April Hillman (aprilh_80401@yahoo.com).

Speaking of elections, stay tuned for more information on our virtual fall dinner!

Thank you for your continued support.

April Hillman

CW Daydream 2020 Contest Winners!!

There were many amazing entries for the three categories, but ultimately we can only have one winner for each. These are the top entries based off of judge scoring (runners up will likely be shared periodically for viewers' enjoyment on social media and in newsletters pending their permission). 

PHOTO: "Race to Prom" by Ryan Wiegman

VIDEO: "A Happy Day" by Ry Sherman

WRITTEN: "River Metaphors for Grappling with Reality" by Nicole Harty


**All in-person CW Events and classes have been cancelled or postponed****
This includes Movie Night, Spring Dinner and Training Camp

Due to the fluid situation with the Covid19 virus, we will be cancelling all events and classes and refunding payments where applicable.  These events may be rescheduled later in the year.

3/29/2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended all enrollment in Colorado Whitewater pool classes as we monitor the situation. Students who have already registered and paid for classes will receive additional communication via email. We do not know, at this time, how the remainder of the pool season will be affected. Training Camp has also been cancelled. Please monitor your email, the Colorado Whitewater Facebook page, and this website for additional details. If you have any questions, please direct them to our Instruction Director. Please understand that responses may be slower than normal as we are an all-volunteer organization.

For additional information on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, please reference the CDC, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and your local health department.

American Whitewater's Colorado Policy Pathways 

Here in Colorado, our beautiful, beloved rivers feed our communities, our economies, and our families. We know that smart, collaborative approaches to water policy are the key to protecting and restoring our rivers. Our new report,  Colorado Policy Pathways lays out our vision for our state's future, a future we will build with you, our members. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Upcoming events - On Hold due to COVID19

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Colorado Whitewater Happenings

Get your 2020 CW Calendar!

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Submit a photo for next year's calendar -  and stay inspired for paddling!    

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Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  455 Sherman Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203

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