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Throw off the bowlines…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

U.S. Navy Battleship vs. Modesitt Canoe


As we pass a Navy ship I look up in awe at its size and power. I would hate to come up against this thing in a fight. But then again, i would doubt that they could see Kerala, our canoe, from there anyway. Near the end of the boat I see two sailors waving at us. I wave back. Then they stand at full attention and salut us. Us! Their actions blow me away. We are just out here doing some canoeing and they were out there protecting my freedom and they were saluting us. It brings home to me that although this isn’t a unique trip-it is different. They make me feel special and different and honored. This has been a worthwhile trip. Respect can come in many forms and today it was the simple salute from two sailors. The feeling is wonderful.
As Kent and I near New Orleans the river traffic increases with more barges, more freighters; It is difficult for a little canoe to maneuver around freighters- and scary.

The Happiest of People…

Guests of Mountain Whitewater enjoy a water fight on the Cache la Poudre River

Guests of Mountain Whitewater enjoy a water fight on the Cache la Poudre River

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they make the best of everything that comes their way.”

Games, Games, Games

Standup Paddleboarding on the Filter Plant sectoin of the Cache la Poudre River.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

Trip Advisor Reviews: Mountain Whitewater- Fort Collins #1 Attraction!

Guests enjoy a day on the Cache la Poudre River with MWD!

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 NEW

We(a family of 5, the youngest 8) loooved our rafting experience with Mountain Whitewater! it was soo fun! We did the 1/2 day Plunge trip! Our guide, Forest, was sooo knowledgeable about the river and Colorado that it was enjoyable to talk to him…and he made us feel very safe which was great! 😉

“Perfect, exciting fun!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 NEW

Our guide Dave taught our group of 4 on the Ducky tour (like inflatable kayaks) how to ‘read the river’ and we all had a blast doing so!! Only one spill. Definitely worth it!!!

“Great Value, Hosts and Experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 NEW via mobile

This was my second rafting trip in Colorado, and turned out to be the greater experience. From a cost/value perspective the trip was 1/3 the cost of a similar full day trip, and covered twice as many river miles. Add in a nice scenic river run and a friendly and informative host (Tracey), and this made for a great day of rafting!
Visited July 2013

“Great Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 NEW

My husband and I did the 1/2 day trip, The Plunge. We have rafted in the past and this was by far our best experience yet! The company was very organized and everyone was genuinely friendly. Our guide, Kemper, was awesome, and made this day the highlight of our trip! A great value and love all the pictures. I highly recommend Mountain Whitewater and would request Kemper again.

“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 NEW

We took 14 family members of our family on the 1/2 day Splash trip and had a terrific experience. The members of our group ranged in age from 13 to over 60 and everyone had a great time. Several members of the group were first timers while others had been rafting before but a good time was had by all. There was enough excitement for everyone to have fun but not so much that anyone was scared. I highly recommend this trip.
Visited July 2013

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Watch the river flow…

Rafting on the Poudre River

“No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow
And as long as it does I’ll just sit here
And watch the river flow.”

-Bob Dylan

Think like a river…

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”
– David Brower

Message to the Congress Proposing Additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Wilderness Preservation Systems

April 26, 1985
To the Congress of the United States:

Balancing the development of our Nation’s many natural resources with the need to preserve our national treasures is a formidable challenge. Continued economic growth depends in part upon prudent use of our natural resources. At the same time, we must protect wilderness areas and wild, free-flowing rivers for this and future generations to enjoy in their natural, undeveloped state.

To further this effort and pursuant to the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1965, I am today proposing, at the recommendation of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, four additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System and three additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. These additions total over 382,000 acres of wilderness and nearly 174 river miles.

Briefly described, the proposed additions to the Wilderness System are:

(1) The Powderhorn area, in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties, Colorado — 43,311 acres of unique subalpine and alpine tundra, most of which is currently managed as the Powderhorn Primitive Area. This area offers exceptional opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation.

(2) The Great Rift area in Blaine, Butte, Minidoka, and Power Counties, Idaho — 322,450 acres of desert lava flows. This area, part of which is within the Great Rift National Natural Landmark, is an outstanding example of basaltic volcanism.

(3) The Humbug Spires area in Silver Bow County, Montana — 8,791 acres characterized by awesome granite spires and domes. Much of this area was designated as a Primitive Area in 1982.

(4) The Scab Creek area in Sublette County, Wyoming — 7,636 acres of highly scenic rocky bluffs interspersed with small stands of timber and small meadows. This area, in the foothills of the Wind River Range, was designated as a Primitive Area in 1975.

In addition, I am transmitting three legislative proposals to designate the following additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System:

(1) The North Fork Kern River in Tulare County, California — 60.7 miles of the river in the Inyo National Forest and the Sequoia National Park.

(2) The Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County, Colorado — two segments totalling 62 miles of the river in the Roosevelt National Forest and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

(3) The Manistee River in Manistee, Wexford, and Lake Counties, Michigan — two segments totalling 51 miles of the river in the Manistee National Forest.

Pursuant to existing law, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture have also concluded that certain areas studied are not suitable for wilderness designation or for inclusion into the national rivers system.

I concur in all of these recommendations, and I am transmitting to the Congress today letters and reports from the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture regarding all of these wilderness and rivers proposals. I applaud the Congress for responding to my last wilderness and rivers transmittal in September 1982 by designating the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in Arizona, the Paddy Creek Wilderness in Missouri, the Verde Wild and Scenic River in Arizona, and the AuSable Wild and Scenic River in Michigan. I reaffirm my support for the rest of the wilderness and river designations included in my September 1982 transmittal, and urge the Congress to act expeditiously and favorably on those designations as well as the legislative proposals I am transmitting today, so that these precious and irreplaceable resources may be protected and preserved.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

April 26, 1985.

“There’s the life for a man like me”

Give to me the life I love, Let the lave go by me, Give the jolly heaven above And the byway nigh me. Bed in the bush with the stars to see, Bread I dip in the river There’s the life for a man like me, There’s the life for ever.

– Robert Louis Stevenson
Songs of Travel

“…Know everything there is to be known.”

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
– A. A. Milne, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book
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