River conditions & tips

River Conditions

This portion of the Colorado River is considered as a light Class I river.  It is mostly flat with two short sections of light rapids.  However, a strong south wind can cause the river to become choppy and difficult to navigate.  If the river stage in Columbus exceeds 15.5 feet, we will not allow any watercraft to be rented.

Click here for the current river stage.

Tips for an enjoyable river trip

  • Know your ability and the river's demands.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Think and practice safety at all times.
  • Wear your life jacket (PFD) fastened at all times.
  • Allow sufficient time for swimming, picnicking and resting.
  • Beginners should not take young children.
  • Do not overload or stand up in your watercraft.
  • Wear river shoes at all times.
  • Bring a dry change of clothing.
  • Bring a thirst quenching drink (i.e. water, sports drink)
  • Alcohol and water do not mix.
  • Carry food and clothing in water tight containers that are tied securely to the watercraft.
  • Use litter bags and leave only tracks behind.
  • Never take glass on the river.
  • Protect yourself from the elements (ex. sunscreen)
  • Use a strap to secure glasses.
  • Keep off private property.
  • Show respect at all times.
  • Lock valuables in the car.
  • Enjoy wildlife and wildflowers, but leave them behind