Sunday, May 28, 2023 | Average CFS: 29,670
After spending Saturday on the Dolores River, Jackson and I were looking for something short and local to do on Sunday morning since we were planning to leave later in the afternoon and head over to the San Rafael Swell so we could float The Chute of Muddy Creek on Monday. We eventually settled on floating a shorter stretch of the Colorado River in the Grand Valley from the Blue Heron Boat Ramp in Grand Junction to Loma since this is the only section of the river between Palisade and the Utah state line that I had not been on before and I thought this would probably be a good time to finally check it out. We were both up early on Sunday morning, met up at the Loma boat ramp to drop off Jackson’s car, and then returned to the Blue Heron ramp and were on the river before 8:30am.
Our inflatable kayaks at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp ready to go. This ramp was just recently rebuilt by the City of Grand Junction, although most of it was underwater at this time.
After leaving the ramp we floated under the Redlands Parkway bridge on our way toward Fruita.
Although the water was all flat, it was moving pretty quickly at this level.
I just love being out on the river early in the morning, even if it’s just in town!
Occasionally we had nice views to the canyons of the Colorado National Monument to the west.
Floating between Grand Junction and Fruita.
We passed beneath the Old Fruita Bridge.
Colorado Canyons View
Just before reaching the takeout at Loma, we paddled closer to the flooded Riverfront Trail where it crosses under I-70 and found a surprise visitor on the railing.