Where can I kayaking in Colorado?

Kayaking is a well-liked water activity, and you can learn a lot by seeing expert competitors glide through the water and avoid barriers.By mastering the correct rowing technique, you will be able to cover vast distances and explore even the most remote stretches of rivers and lakes.

Get out on the water with our guide of tips and tricks! Kayaking is a very popular water sport in Colorado, there are a lot of professionals in our state, you can find good seasonal camps. You can learn the correct technique of rowing on a 4- or 2-seater raft, for several safe descents, of which there are a lot, you can find from picturesque to rough currents or try yourself on still water (lake)

Tips Kayaking for Beginners:
  1. Is kayaking difficult?
  2. Clothes for kayaking
  3. Place for Kayaking
  4. Upcoming Events

Is kayaking difficult?

No! Kayaking has a very low entry threshold – once you have mastered the basic skills, you can already swim in the rivers. Of course, kayaking in bad weather or on choppy waters comes with a lot of danger. But kayaking in such difficult conditions is not recommended, even if you have many years of experience behind you.

What clothes are suitable for kayaking?

You need to dress in numerous layers to stay warm. The following items, made of what materials, should be placed inside each layer:

Wear short sleeves when it’s hot outside, but keep a long-sleeved garment on hand just in case. The optimum apparel is synthetic (made of polypropylene and polyester), which will keep you warm even when wet.

Fleece or heavy polyester fabrics are ideal for the middle layer.

Water-resistant clothing. The better, the more waterproof. Keep your lower layers of clothing dry.

Leggings and Shorts: In cold weather, wear polyester leggings and waterproof shorts. Leggings should be taken with you just in case, even in warm weather.

The best apparel is water resistant. Kayaking can be done while wearing any waterproof apparel. The ideal choice would be a dry suit specifically designed for kayaking, but even a novice can locate appropriate apparel in their collection.

When choosing clothes, be guided not by the weather, but by the temperature of the water – and remember that the temperature can change! You need to dress so as not to freeze in the water. Hypothermia is a serious health threat, and water can be cold even on the hottest days. Also, always keep extra clothing in the kayak’s luggage compartment in case the weather changes.


You can go on a one-day excursion along the river, or on a week-long kayaking tour, which allows you to get in touch with the pristine nature and cultural component of this part of Colorado.

Navajo Reservoir

If you want to enjoy the pure beauty of nature, then you should opt for kayaking near the Navajo Reservoir. The warm clear waters of Navajo Reservoir are recognized as one of the best places for exciting sea kayaking, which even beginner kayakers can master. Here you can also easily take a kayaking course for beginners, which includes exciting excursions to the most interesting places.

Lake Pueblo

Surely you have heard of Lake Pueblo. These spots are also worth checking out for beginner kayakers looking for a great kayaking experience.

A kayaking tour of Lake Pueblo is the best option for exploring this unique corner of the planet. For beginners, it is best to book kayak excursions under the guidance of experienced guides, but those who have been traveling in a kayak for more than a year can safely rent this boat and go on an independent trip.

Eleven Mile Reservoir

Eleven Mile Reservoir is an ideal place to join the kayaking in Colorado. For those who want to experience the unforgettable emotions of kayaking, it is difficult to find a better place. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the most real adventure. Choose the most interesting direction for you – and go!

Rifle Gap

Of all the places to go kayaking, Rifle Gap is one of the best places to start if you are a beginner or intermediate paddler. Check out this river when you arrive in Colorado to brush up on your skills and enjoy the amazing scenery.

Lake Shadow Mountain

The kayaking chances in this area are among the best in the world. It boasts lovely mountainous terrain with snow-covered peaks that melt over a protracted warm season to produce rivers with flowing water.

Colorado River

Another excellent area to paddle if you enjoy the extreme is the Colorado watershed. Since the majority of the river offers class III–VI rapids, experienced and advanced kayakers will love it.

There is plenty of area to kayak along the Colorado River, if you really appreciate whitewater kayaking, there is a specific place that you will wish to explore. The Colorado Recreation and Campings area is located here.

Upcoming Events


  1. Eagle River Valley state of the river – meeting on June 01 Location: Colorado Mountain Colleg in Edwards
  2. Third quarterly general & enterprisise meeting on July 18 Location: Colorado River District Board Room & Virtual
  3. Budget Workshop – meeting on September 21 Location: Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction
  4. Forth Quarterly general – meeting on October 17 Location: Colorado River District Board Room & Virtual



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