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Looking for the best places to Whitewater Kayak in and around Buena Vista? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Whitewater Kayak in and around Buena Vista.

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Colorado is a paddling mecca. From beautiful mountain lakes to steep world class whitewater, Colorado has it all. Hot, dry summers combined with snowy cold winters provide the plentiful water in this mountain state.

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes

Buena Vista

Bottom Four
Lake Creek - The bottom 4 on Lake Creek is approximately 2.5 miles of super classic, steep Colorado Creek Boating. The 4 main features are Both Brains, Paralyzer and Cauldron. Go into this canyoned run with your best creeking brain on, and a solid crew. this is a steep, challenging and always scary run
Clear Creek of the Ark
Clear Creek - A non stop bouldery run that rips along through two separate canyons with short breaks in between. No real defined rapids, just in your face read and run Grade IV+ paddling. Although most moves are Class IV the continuity of the run and high danger if swimming treat this as a class higher.
Pine Creek
Arkansas River - Fun and relatively simple at most levels except in the Terrible Teens(1300-1900) where all the fun can turn into chaos because of Pine creek Hole. This run is easy to scout the everything before putting in off the the railway tracks that are not in operation.
Arkansas River - The Numbers is Colorado fun. One of the best Class 4 runs in Colorado. Low flows squirt and splat your way down in a Loki or RPM. Med Flows get in the creek boat and boof your way to the take out. High water get in your play boat and take flight and send it over every pour over to the take out . I have not been on it yet where there was to much water.
Arkansas - This is a fairly continuous section of the Arkansas River directly below the "Numbers" section. It's similar in nature but a bit easier. The most challenging part of the run is at the beginning, sometimes referred to as the "Miracle Mile". At high water (above 2000 cfs) it can be very continuous and pushy with few eddies but never really goes beyond a class III+ rating. After this section, the difficulty eases up a bit. There are warning signs for a sieve at Frog Rock rapid about half way through the run telling you to stay left. Over the years, there have been some deaths at this rapid from swimmers who got pushed to the right side, however the line through the rapid is very clear and not particularly difficult. Scout from river left if necessary but very few paddlers scout it because of the clean line.