Colorado River Weekend - September 9 - 11, 2022!
Join us for the last river weekend of 2022 on the Colorado River!
September 9th Updates and Information:
- LATE REGISTRATIONS. If you're reading this, the attendance list has already been printed and taken to the campground. If you're registering as a Day Participant you must bring your email confirmation (printed or on your phone) to show you registered. There will not be on-site registrations.
- GROUP CAMPING IS FULL. If you show up and are not registered for group camping you cannot camp with the group. There may be other 1st come sites available at the campground but no assurances.
- DAY PARTICIPANTS. You can still register as a Day Participant. All Day Participants should arrive at the campground by 8:30 on Saturday or Sunday morning. The group will be dividing up into cruises at 9:00 and you must have your paperwork done and have signed up for cruises by then. Don't show up at 9:00 and be surprised that everyone is annoyed by you.
- FIRES. There is now a Stage 1 Fire Ban in Grand County. I think we'll be allowed to have one group campfire (I'm bringing wood so hope so) but no individual fires will be allowed other than propane.
CAMPING: We will be camping at the Pumphouse Campground (Co Hwy 106, Kremmling, CO 80459) in group campsites A & B. From Dillon take Hwy 9 North 36 miles to miles to Grand County Road 1 (Trough Road). Go west on Trough Road for about 11 miles, and turn right onto Pumphouse access road. Take the road to the river. The campground has pit toilets but no running water so bring whatever you need. We have reserved the group campsites for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights so 1) vehicles can be left at the site on Sunday while you boat and 2) you can camp there Sunday night if desired. There probably isn't room for large campers but raft trailers should be fine. There are also 20 individual campsites that may be better for campers but are all first come first served. There is a day-use fee of $5 per day, payable to the BLM on entry for each vehicle.
Link to BLM Pumphouse Site
CRUISES: Cruises from here are downstream on the Colorado from Pumphouse, the Lower Blue if it is running, Gore Canyon, and the play wave at the campground. As always we need volunteers to lead cruises, sweep or just help out with registration. If you're willing email Gail Tubbs at email@example.com to let him know what you'd like to do.
REGISTRATIONS: The group campground is limited to 60 people. IT IS NOW FULL. Everyone participating in the weekend must be a current CW member and registered regardless of whether they are boating or just a fun hog reading a book on the side of the river for the day. This includes significant others and children. If you are participating in the swift water rescue class you must also register for camping at this event. If you are not registered for camping you will be turned away.
WAITLIST: If you are on the waitlist for camping and plan to otherwise participate as a day participant, please also register as a day participant. That way you'll be on the check-in sheet when you arrive.
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.
- Registration / Membership: All participants must be a current member of Colorado Whitewater and must have registered prior to the event. This includes all participants regardless of whether you're camping with the group, staying elsewhere, boating, or not boating. There is limited if any cell service at the site so if you aren't on the registration list as a member you will have to go to Kremmling to register and bring back evidence of it.
- Release Forms: Upon check-in you will be asked to sign a release forms for the entire weekend. This will be required for camping as well as participating on any cruises. You will receive a wristband so that cruise leaders know you have registered and signed all paperwork.
- Skills / Gear: 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. 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.
- Dogs: Dogs must be on leash and under your control at all times. Dogs cannot be left tied up or in your tent while boating so please make appropriate arrangements. You must clean up after your dog of course.