Low water levels affecting outdoor activities in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — It’s summertime in Colorado and residents are out enjoying the waterways.

According to the USGS, water levels in Mesa County are categorized as below normal.

A local river supply company says the concern is the flow of the water because of the drought.

Andrea Tanner, with Wet Dreams River Supply, says, “we are hoping that rivers will still be runnable, some rivers are still runnable, you just need smaller crafts like an inflatable kayak rather than a big raft and some skills you need to be able to move your boat around obstacles in the river.”

Obstacles such as rocks challenge everyone’s ability to travel down the river but can strengthen your skillset on the water.

Murray Shoemaker, a resident, says, “don’t hesitate, actually at low water, it gives you an opportunity to gain some experience in dodging rocks, it builds up your skill level.”

Wet Dreams River Supply has seen a decline in boat rentals because of low water, but business is still thriving.

Tanner added, “it certainly has affected our rental business, it’s kind of sliding off. Purchasing of boats and anything from big rafts to stand up paddleboarding and pack rafts, we’ve certainly not slowed down at all.”

Shoemaker also says, “I just like paddling, paddling and rowing boats, yeah just the motion, the peacefulness of being out on the river.”

Tanner also says, “encourage you to get out there and boat, know what you’re up against, know where your skills are, and match the skills with the water.”

For more information on water levels in Colorado, visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/rt.

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