This section of the Colorado River is popular with locals for an afternoon float. The river is fairly mild most times of the year and is a great introductory float.
Cottonwood Island – Cottonwood Island is the most popular rafter put-in for a longer float down to Dotsero. The site has plenty of parking and a boat ramp. A porta-potty is usually on site.
Put-In’s or Take outs
Lyon’s Gulch – Lyon’s Gulch is a midpoint along the Colorado that provides a take-out for a shorter float from Cottonwood Island, or a put-in for a quick float down to Dotsero. There are also some campsites along the river at this site.
Dotsero – Dotsero is the most popular take-out for rafters floating down from Cottonwood Island or Lyon’s Gulch. The ramp can also be a put-in for floaters seeking a flat stretch from Dotsero to Bair Ranch in GlenwoodCanyon.
Bair Ranch – Bair Ranch is the furthest downstream take out in before entering the Glenwood Canyon runs
Cottonwood Island to Lyon’s Gulch – 2.2 Miles; 1-2 Hours; Class I-II Rapids
Cottonwood Island to Dotsero – 6.0 Miles; 2-4 Hours; Class I-II Rapids
Lyon’s Gulch to Dotsero – 3.8 Miles; 1-2 Hours; Class I-II Rapids
Dotsero to Bair Ranch – 6.0 Miles; 2-3 Hours; Class I Rapids
See the following link for additional information http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo/recreation/uppercoriver.html