Park and Play Boating
Salida PlayparkLocation: The whitewater park is located
in the town of Salida. Please see our map for directions. Our map is downloadable
in pdf format and we have a map that can be loaded onto a Garmin GPS.
Arkansas River, Salida, Colorado
Description: This park consists of two waves/holes
depending on water levels. The Arkansa River has a good size drainage
and is dam controled. It can flow as high as 6,000 cfs. For water levels,
you can click
here. Depending on flow, these waves can be world class.
At low to medium flows the upper hole is more of a poor-over and the lower
holes is awesome. The lower hole is great for beginners to expert boaters.
The hole is great for loops and is backed up by a bunch of flat water
for recovery. At the lower flows, there is even a sand beach for those
paddlers that may have kids or just like the feel of sand on bare feet.
With views of Mt. Princeton in the background, a town park, this playpark
At high water, around 1,500 cfs and up, the lower
hole washes out and the upper hole can be hard to stay in. If you can,
it might be the best ride you every had. At high water you may also get
washed down below the return eddy and have to walk back up. This can be
frustrating after a while. The wave is best for flat spins and surfing.
Swapping ends and sticking the wave is tuff.
This hole can be awesome!
Length of Course: 1/4
Difficulty: Class II+ III at 200-1200 CFS
High Water Flows: May-July
Flow: below 200cfs: low
200 -1 200cfs: good
Water Flow please see Colorado
Rivers and Creeks flow page or click
this link to water levels.
Parking: Park right in town. Do not park on the bridge over the
Click here to download our pdf map to the Salida
Playpark. You can see a map
online here as well.
If needed, download Adobe