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User Education & Redistribution Effort for Browns Canyon (Section 2B)

We strive to keep our lands and rivers healthy while providing you with the most enjoyable on-the-water experience possible. In the last few years, Browns Canyon experienced very high private boater use on the following corresponding dates, and we are asking you to boat on alternate days or sections when you can.

Please avoid floating Browns Canyon on these days, where possible:

​May 2022

​June 2022

​Saturday, May 28

​Sunday, June 5

​Sunday, May 29

​Saturday, June 11


​Sunday, June 12


​Saturday, June 18


Sunday, June 19​


Need suggestions on where to boat? Call the AHRA at 719-539-7289


Use in this segment exceeded 75% of prescribed private boat capacities more than two days over the last few years. The AHRA has initiated a user education effort to redistribute use from higher use sections and times in hopes of postponing direct use limitations. AHRA will continue monitoring resource conditions and recreation experiences to verify the impacts associated with the increased use.

For more information on private use capacities and use limits, please refer to Section 2.3.3.1.1 of the Arkansas River Recreation Management Plan (g 2-43 of the document/page 85 of the linked pdf).


The Arkansas River is very popular for private and commercial boaters alike. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan (AHRA-MP) establishes capacities for the number of boats per day allowed on weekdays, weekends, and holidays for commercial as well as private boaters. Capacities are also based on "high use" (May 15-Aug 15) and "low use" (Aug 16-May 14) seasons. This measure is to protect and preserve the resource and the recreation experience of all users.

At this time, AHRA, the AHRA Citizen Task Force, and commercial and private boaters and their organizations are reviewing private boat use for Section 2B, Browns Canyon. Our goal is to work out the best solution that would follow AHRA-MP guidelines to provide a quality experience for all river users while at the same time protecting the resource. 

View the AHRA River Safety Brochure and Maps.


Private Boater Counts

To request private boater counts dating back further than five years, please contact the AHRA at 719-539-7289.

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