Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Carson River whitewater rafting & kayaking access improvements (Carson City & Lyon County, Nevada, USA.)

Carson River Aquatic Trail

The new and improved put-in and take-out locations are now available for whitewater paddleboating on the Carson River (river map & whitewater boating guide). Lynn Zonge, Hydrologist at Resource Concepts, Inc., said "The (Carson) River is just now coming up to comfortable levels to run. This year it should be runable through the end of June." See the press release below.
Carson River, Douglas County, Nevada

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 21, 2010.
Contact: Chris Chrystal, Nevada Commission on Tourism.
Phone: 775-687-0616; Cell phone: 775-230-8655; Email: cchrystal@travelnevada.com

Officials to cut ribbon on first-ever Carson River whitewater rafting, kayaking facilities.

Carson City, Nevada. – Officials from Carson City and Lyon County will cut the ribbon May 22 to ceremonially launch new boating facilities for whitewater rafting and kayaking that have opened on the Carson River Aquatic Trail between Carson City and Dayton, Nevada.

For the first time, boaters have a developed area to put into the river at Morgan Mill Road in Carson City. The area offers a concrete launching ramp, paved parking, picnic tables and a restroom, and similarly improved facilities to take out of the river at Santa Maria Ranch in Dayton.

“Boaters will have a much safer and more convenient experience putting into the Carson River from Morgan Mill than ever before,” Director Roger Moellendorf of the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department said. “These new facilities represent a milestone for whitewater recreation on the Carson River.” The Morgan Mill Road River Access Area is a Carson City Parks and Recreation Department facility.

The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. (Saturday, May 22) and tour new Morgan Mill facilities, just upstream of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices at Deer Run and Morgan Mill roads, south of U.S. Highway 50 East. The Carson River Aquatic Trail has two segments:

The Upper River Class I 3.3-mile float is a peaceful 1.5 to 2-hour ride from Carson River Park through cottonwood and willow-lined riverbanks,& concluding at Morgan Mill. It is suitable for beginning paddlers.

The 9.3-mile, 2.5 to 3-hour Lower River Class III ride for experienced floaters puts in at Morgan Mill and offers exciting, challenging rapids in scenic Carson River Canyon with wildflowers, historic rock walls, mill sites and other relics from the old V&T Railroad and Comstock mining era. It terminates at Lyon County’s newly redesigned Santa Maria Ranch River Park in Dayton, next to the Santa Maria subdivision on U.S. Highway 50 in Dayton, NV. It now includes parking, restrooms and a river-access beach for rafters and kayakers.

The Carson River Regional Recreation Steering Committee is coordinating the event, which includes invitation-only kayaking and rafting excursions for officials attending the ribbon-cutting.

A bronze plaque to be erected at Morgan Mill will list the partnering agencies that contributed to the project: Carson Truckee Water Conservation District, Carson City Quality of Life Initiative, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Nevada State Parks, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Nevada State Lands, Conservation and Resource Protection Grant Program (Question 1). Site improvements were designed by Resource Concepts, Inc. and built by Horizon Construction, Inc., and Hansen Landscape Architects, LLC.

More about:
Carson River Conservation & Recreation Directory. (Sort alphabetically. 1=whitewater, 2=rafting, 3=conservation, 4=fishing, 5=camping-hiking, 6=local-info)
Trip Reports - Kayaking on California & Nevada Whitewater Rivers.
Whitewater River Guides for California & Nevada kayaking, rafting & innertubing.

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We rafted the lower section on 7-3-11. Water levels @ approx. 3000cfs made the course extemely dangerous any many rafters including our experienced group had a very difficult time with the trip. The high water flows changed the expected course significantly and many new and dangerous obstacles are introduced.

I would now not recommend any attempt to navigate the lower section if the flows are above 2000cfs.
Do not attempt the lower section without prior inspection and all necessary precautions.

The ideal flow for the lower section might be 1200- 1500 CFS.
Mike, please repost these and any additional comments on my guide page at:
Carson River (river map & whitewater boating guide).

I assume that you are talking about the Carson River Brunswick Canyon Run (Class II-III, 9.3 miles). Can you suggest some whitewater ratings for this section of river over various ranges of flow?

Advanced boaters who have big water skills and accept the risks often boat rivers under conditions that are not recommended for others. Boaters often disagree about optimum flows or flows that are too high for boating. Its best to just give the whitewater ratings over a range of flows and let the other boaters decide if they want to run it or not.
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