July 8, 2019 10:29 AM
SLATE, EAST & GUNNISON RIVERS CLOSURE UPDATE: 7/8/19
SLATE, EAST & GUNNISON RIVERS CLOSURE UPDATE: The Gunnison County Sheriff, in collaboration with local partners, have agreed that the Slate, East and Gunnison Rivers can be opened, effective today, July 8th. The National Parks Service has also lifted their restrictions from McCabes to Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Before you get on the water, be aware of water conditions and bridge clearances, and boat heights, to ensure safe passage!
REMINDER: Rivers and streams in Gunnison County continue to run high and fast. The rivers are cold with low clearances underneath bridges, and they may carry large amounts of debris, potentially resulting in dangerous debris jams. Do not allow unsupervised children or pets close to rivers and streams. All recreational users (boaters, fishermen, etc.) are urged to use extreme caution on and around all open rivers and streams in the valley, and all persons on open rivers should be wearing appropriate personal floatation devices. Beginner boaters are strongly advised to employ a professional rafting company when floating any local rivers that remain open to the public.
For additional questions, contact the Gunnison Sheriff’s Officer at 970-641-1113.