River Trips Corn Lake to Blue Heron on Colorado River

Corn Lake (Clifton) to Blue Heron (Grand Junction)
on Colorado River

Rapid Classification: I & II
Length: 10 miles
Time on the river: 4-6 hours
When: May through August

Price: $45 per person
(what's included?)

Trip Dates and Reservations

The Colorado River, between Corn Lake (Clifton) and Blue Heron (Redlands Parkway), is called the Urban Route by locals. This stretch of river is full of wildlife, yet close to town. There are eagles, Blue Heron rookeries, ducks, geese, beavers, and deer crossing the river. This is a fairly flat stretch of river, where you can kick back and relax. At the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado, past the 5th Street Bridge, kayakers surf the wave during peak water flow.

This day trip takes about 4-6 hours without much paddling, and can be shortened to about 4 hours if paddled all the way. The trip time varies depending on stream flow and winds.

Put in at Corn Lake in Clifton is a state park with a wide, open gravel ramp, accesible to all.
Take out at Blue Heron Park in Grand Junction (24 Road) is a narrow ramp but still accessible to people in wheelchairs.

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