Gunnison County Shady Island River Park to open this summer.
The Gunnison River offers amazing fishing and rafting opportunities. Much of the Gunnison River is private land, and floating is the only way to access some superb water that is otherwise unavailable to wading anglers. Additional safe access points to the Gunnison River are essential for the guide services, community members, and visitors that recreate on the waterway.
Gunnison County received $267,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to develop 10.5-acre parcel 1.5 miles north of the City of Gunnison at 2714 Hwy 135. The Shady Island River Park project will replace the existing unpermitted North Bridge boat launch area on the west side of the highway. The new River Park will provide safe public access for community members, visitors, anglers, and boaters with the construction of a formal boat launch area and access to the Gunnison River. Shady Island River Park will include parking, 19 tent camping sites, a camp host, picnic shelters with restrooms, trail loop system, recreation path, fishing access, boat staging area, access for non-boaters, outdoor gathering areas, picnic tables, and a boat queue area.