Arkansas River Weekend - July 16 - 18, 2021!
We're excited to be boating the Arkansas River together again in 2021! We're hoping to have cruises for most skill levels, ranging from easy runs like Big Bend to Salida to the more challenging runs like the Numbers. (Let us know if you're willing to lead or sweep a cruise.) We're also excited to again be camping at South Main in downtown Buena Vista with all the restaurants and amenities that are available - and the Buena Vista Whitewater Park in walking distance. Many thanks to South Main Realty for letting us use the space.
As a reminder, river weekends are not instructional events and are not suitable for those who have not had instruction or experience in whitewater kayaking or rafting. Although we're all there to support one another, plan on boating within your skill level. Minimum necessary equipment for all boaters includes helmet, river shoes, type 3 or type 5 personal flotation device, and appropriate dry top or other layers for the cold Arkansas water. Kayakers should also have their float bags and skirt. Inflatable kayaks and rafts must be intended for whitewater use - not the vulnerable ones from department or sporting goods stores.
For those of you who are not as experienced, our friends at Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) are offering instruction on Saturday and Sunday and offering a special deal to CW members. These classes and the discount are only available to CW members. Thanks RMOC!
ACA Membership: CW encourages our members to also be members of the American Canoe Association (ACA). Not only does your $40/year individual membership support the mission and programs of the ACA, it also saves CW $10 per participant per event that we have to otherwise pay ACA for insurance, which frees up your CW membership dues for other CW programs. You can join here if interested Join ACA.
CAMPING / REGISTRATIONS: We will be camping near South Main Street in Buena Vista. Specifically we'll be in the large open space that is South of the Midland Stop coffee shop at 801 Front Loop, Buena Vista CO 81211. This is where we were in 2019. (It is not the lawn/beach area in the center of South Main and we need to be respectful of the weddings that will be in that area the same weekend). We're asking people to register as either planning on the group camping area or staying elsewhere as a day participant so that we can monitor how many people will be camping. Also let us know if you'll be bringing a trailer so we can evaluate when to cut off registrations or add more capacity. This will also help with how many porta pots we need as the camping area is completely undeveloped. Other than the porta pots (and restaurants and bars) you must plan on being self supported and bring whatever water you need. Please do not arrive at the camping area before 3:00 Friday afternoon.
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