Cruise - Pumphouse Run, Colorado River (Class II/III)

  • 06/25/2016
  • Colorado River, near Kremmling


This cruise will be held on the Pumphouse Run on the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado. Contact Jake Castle to sign up and for more information.

Description: (From American Whitewater) :

Pumphouse run can be broken apart in a number of ways. The most popular is to launch from Pumphouse Recreation site and enjoy the upper gorge, which signals its start by the the proximity of a train tunnel on river right.  Mellow sets of class III waves lead to Eye of the Needle, where a rock in the center must be negotiated. Eye of the Needle forms two holes at flows over 4000.  This is the crux of the Upper so you can relax after this as things calm to class II.  Watch for hot springs on river left, as well as the Radium Recreation Site for another river access point.

Red gorge is next, and is much longer and typically jucier than the Upper, creating fairly consistent class III.  A sign marks one of the tougher rapids, Yarmony, which has a wave hole requiring a move from left to center. 

Take out at Rancho Del Rio or Yarmony Bridge on CR1.

Continuing to State Bridge is a short 3.9 mile stretch with some friendly wave trains. 

Important CW Cruise Information:
Please remember you are responsible for yourself on the river.  You are also responsible to the group.  Boat within your ability.  Don't take unnecessary risks.  Don't participate in a rescue if you are likely to become another victim.  Cruise Coordinators have the right to deny inclusion on a trip for any reason and they also have the right to request a participant to leave the river for any reason. Conditions change drastically with water level.

Do not show up to a cruise unannounced.  You must contact the cruise leader in advance as trips have participant limits and ability requirements.  If you are not going to make a scheduled event, you MUST let the leader know.  No-shows are inconsiderate.

Cruises and River Weekends are not instructional events.  You should have the skills necessary to safely navigate the section of river to be run. Only current CW members are allowed to participate in CW events.  Please bring your completed liability waiver to give to the leader for each event. Click here to download the waiver.

Some cruises may be above the ability level for some members and varying water levels can have an impact on the difficulty of the run. Please research the water level and run you are interested in doing. You can find some of this information at the River Levels webpage on our website.  Published resources include Colorado Rivers & Creeks 2 and Whitewater of the Southern Rockies.  If you are unsure if your ability matches the run at the predicted flow, discuss your boating resume with the trip leader.

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