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!

Upcoming events - On Hold due to COVID19

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Urgent: Help Protect Browns Canyon and the Arkansas Valley

From our friends at American Whitewater:

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like if up to 10 trains full of heavy crude oil and hazardous chemicals were rumbling by while paddling the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon National Monument and the entire upper Arkansas River. It would, without question, change the experience in negative ways, including opening up the opportunity for the major disturbances associated with any kind of derailment and spill of oil into the river.  We need your help today to protect this incredible place. This past New Year’s Eve, Colorado Midland and Pacific Railway filed a notice of exemption for lease and operations of the Tennessee Pass line that runs through the Arkansas Valley to Parkdale. You have two options to make your voice heard. We have created a sign on letter to be submitted along with American Whitewater's technical comments. However, if you’ve got the time to go the extra mile, we’ve included detailed directions here to submit your own filing directly to the Surface Transportation Board. Comments are due by January 22 - please take action today! 

Get your calendar today!

This stunning calendar offers incredible action shots, scenic views, and wonderful river experiences captured by our very own Colorado Whitewater community. The 12-month wall calendar will be enjoyed all year long, and makes great gifts! Proceeds from calendar sales support our mission for promoting whitewater sports, conservation efforts, and more. 

Limited quantities available, so get yours today!

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 The US Forest Service (USFS) announced on September 28, 2020 that the proponent of the Oro Vista Mine has withdrawn the proposal to explore for and mine placer gold on the Arkansas River.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 CW Membership Extension

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. Afterall, 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

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

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!

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

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