The latest news and events from Colorado Whitewater
October 2016
The Spray Newsletter for Colorado Whitewater

The Peaks to Plains Trail
by Tim Friday

Anyone who has boated Clear Creek in Clear Creek and/or Jefferson Counties in the last two years probably has seen the paved trail being constructed along the creek between Idaho Springs and Mayhem Gulch. This is part of the Peaks to Plains Trail, a sixty-five-mile off-highway opportunity to travel along Clear Creek from the Continental Divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel to the confluence of the South Platte River in Adams County. Read more...


Come Mingle at our Annual Fall Dinner & Elections - Nov. 2nd

CW’s annual meeting will be called to order on November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden in conjunction with the Fall Dinner. We will elect our 2016/2017 board of directors and complete any club business during the course of the evening. Scot Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space Special Projects Coordinator, will give a short presentation on the Peaks the Plains Trail project. Sign up here.

Board Nominations

CW is accepting nominations for positions on our board of directors. Every position on the board is considered “open,” and you are encouraged to nominate someone (including yourself)! CW is 100% volunteer powered, and we depend on our members’ energy and effort in everything we do. If you would like to nominate someone or if you have questions regarding board duties, please send an e-mail to President Elizabeth Austen:

Thank You 2016 Volunteers!

We'd like to thank all of our 2016 volunteers for making an impact on the success of Colorado Whitewater. To show our appreciation, we invite you to a Volunteer Happy Hour to enjoy free beers, appetizers, and a special thank-you gift. 

If you volunteered this year, then you should have received an e-mail with the details of the event. Contact Karen if you have any questions.


CW Sponsored Bailey Fest 2016
by Dave Hajoglou

Two kayak paddles mark the turn into the Bailey Fest campground. The campground is the ideal location for one of Colorado’s newest river fests. There are no races, no freestyle comp, no yoga, and the only spectators are the paddlers themselves. What there is, is water, which is a rare commodity in mid-summer. The water originates mostly in Lake Dillon and is piped through the fourteen-mile Roberts Tunnel to the North fork of the SouthPlatte. When the Roberts Tunnel is on, Bailey is the center of Colorado creeking. After two years of no water, this year they Turned On theTunnel. Read more...

Welcome New Members— September & October

Andrew Abdelnour, Bernard Bajoras, Saphire Beaman
Britton Calvert, Vassily Eliopoulos
Adam Fleener, 
Austin Gibney, Celiann Gonzalez Juarbe, Lindsey Hurtado, Joseph Kaylen, Brandon Langley, Troy Lawrence, Jessica McCafferty, John Nelson, Matthew Perna, Mark Ritter, Nicole Seltzer, Kevin Talley, Frederick Zimmat, Zach Simmat, Gabriel Williams, YI-Hsiao Liu

2017 Calendar Now Available
Enjoy a full year of awesome boating photos when you purchase a Colorado Whitewater 2017 calendar.

Preview the calendar

Calendars will be sold at Fall Dinner (Nov. 2) for $12, online for $15 (includes S&H), and in kayak and raft shops in the Denver area.

Share Your Views About the Browns Canyon National Monument Landscape
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service in cooperative with Colorado Parks and Wildlife invite you to share your views about the Browns Canyon National Monument landscape at an upcoming listening session.  
Learn more

Upcoming CW Events

October 19, 6:00 p.m. - Volunteer Happy Hour: Come enjoy free beer, appetizers, and a thank-you gift. If you volunteered in 2016, then you should have received an e-mail with the details.

November 2, 6:00 p.m. - CW Fall Dinner and Annual Elections: Join your CW friends at this year's annual Fall Dinner at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden!

Pool instruction classes and open pool sessions begin on January 8, 2017. Watch your e-mail or the events calendar.

Submit Your Stories and Ideas
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