Paddle Boarding Near Montrose Co – Lower Gunnison River

Paddle Boarding Near Montrose Co – Lower Gunnison River

Day-trip Adventure – Classic South West

Montrose-Co-Paddle-boarding-6The lower Gunnison River is just a short drive from Montrose Colorado and provides an intermediate experience for paddle boarders tired of the flat water lake scene. This section of class II river provides some challenging riffle sections that make for an epic day-trip adventure through classic South West sandstone canyons.

Keep an eye our for bald eagles, golden eagles, petroglyphs, collared lizards, and really serious fly fisherman. The lower Gunnison River is a great section for developing your river paddle board skills as this section is very wide and fairly deep. Expect to encounter classic desert beauty, clear crisp water, and hot weather.

The Details

Montrose-Co-Paddle-boarding-2The put-in is at Pleasure Park, near Hotchkiss Colorado. Several take-outs can be utilized, including Cottonwood, Orchard, or Austin Bridge. From start to finish, it takes about 4 hours to arrive at the Austin Bridge depending on play time and flows. If you need directions or SUP rentals, call Bill at Montrose Kayak and Surf: 970-279-8730.

The shuttle can be set up through Gunnison River Pleasure Park: 970-872-2525. Another option is to just take 2 vehicles and more friends.

Please practice leave-no-trace ethics. If you come across beer cans, fishing line, or other trash, please pick it up and take it with you. This river section is notorious for the crap people leave behind; let’s be the solution.


Montrose-Co-Paddle-boarding-1SOL Paddleboard Company in Telluride makes a few models that are perfect for this section including the SOLtrain and SOLsumo models. Wear a helmet and PFD for falls. Chacos are highly recomended as well. A leash is also necessary so you don’t lose your board and have to chase it for a mile in the desert sun. Bring lots of beverages and water to stay hydrated, snacks, sunscreen, and a dry bag with warm clothes in case the weather get bad. Lastly, beware of the poison-ivy.


Once you have this river section down and can run it without falling, the Uncompahgre River through Montrose Colorado may be the next level of progression in your SUP river skills.


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