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Gunnison River (Black Canyon)

Stretch: East Portal to Chukar Trail
Difficulty: Class IV to V
Distance: 14.3 miles
Flows: 550 to 2,000? cfs. Current American Whitewater gauge
Gradient: 156 fpm from mile 2.2 to 7.3. 35 fpm paddle in and 38 fpm paddle out
Put-in: East Portal Campground
Take-out: Chukar Trailhead
Shuttle: ~20 miles (30 minutes one-way, high clearance required for Chakar Trail access)
Season: Summer and fall from dam release
Written: © 2016
Featured in A Wet State #120 and in the classic video The Next Generation

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