Arkansas River - Canon City Town Run



Starting just above the power plant above Centennial Park off of 2nd st. in Canon City there is a boat ramp river right with a class 3 wave. Keep river left due to pour over or put in just above 1st play park wave in Centennial Park.

Next drop is 1/2 mile down stream at the Centennial Park play park holes.  This is a class II drop that gets a lot of traffic from locals after flows drop.  A fair surfing wave that is a bit choppy and needs flows at or above 700 cfs to do any real play boating.

A class II- run for about a quarter mile and then another play wave. Other surfers have complained about some sticky/retentive qualities but the author has not seen it at the flows boated.

The rest of the run is a fun float at low/moderate flows anything over 1600 cfs will scare first run boaters.

This is a great second run for 12 year olds at 700 cfs that cant roll and have a great wet exit.

Take out at Ash street just after bridge river right or you can continue through town and get out at McKenzie bridge a few miles down past Ash street if you don't mind a bit of a rocky climb and scramble.


Chase P.
Class II- to III
Current Flow 3400.0 CFS
06-26-2019 08:15

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Recommended Flow Minimum: 400.0
Average: 1200.0
Maximum: 4700.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: September
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
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