Headwaters of the Gunnison River
The Gunnison River is formed by the confluence of Taylor and East rivers at Almont
The Gunnison River forms in Almont at the confluence of the Taylor and East Rivers in the Gunnison National Forest in Gunnison County, then flows generally south to the Town of Gunnison. From there, the river flows generally west where it is dammed to form Blue Mesa Reservoir. Flowing out of Blue Mesa Reservoir it starts a series of zigs and zags that take it north through Black Canyon in Montrose County past the South Fork to its junction with the North Fork, where it turns west, flowing through the Town of Delta in Delta County, then turning north again, where it flows through Grand Junction to its confluence with the Colorado River in Mesa County. Along the way the Gunnison cuts through a diverse cross-section of Colorado topography and offers a wide variety of runs to fit the skills and paddling interests of canoeists, kayakers and rafters, from beginner to expert level. The Gunnison River is fed by a number of major and minor rivers, creeks and streams including the Taylor, East, Uncompahgre, Smith Fork, Big and Little Cimarron, Lake Fork and North Fork Rivers, as well as Escalante, Henson, Cebolla, Tomichi, Cochetopa, Daisy and numerous other creeks, many of which are exciting boating runs unto themselves.
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