Rain gives a boost to Arkansas River rafting industry

August 11, 2013 Updated: August 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

After a slow start to the summer, marred by low river flows and a fire that closed the Royal Gorge to rafting for nearly two weeks, recent wet weather has helped the industry to rebound.

"These rains here at the end have definitely helped us to maintain a target flow that is great for all sections of the river," said Mike Kissack, of American Adventure Expeditions in Buena Vista and president of the Arkansas River Outfitters Association.

Flows from melting snow peaked right around the time of the Royal Gorge fire, but Kissack said visitation rebounded.

As of last week, the Arkansas River was flowing at 700 cubic feet per second at Wellsville, which Kissack said is more than twice what it was last August.

Most companies on the Arkansas River from Buena Vista to Canon City operate until Labor Day.

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