Arkansas River restrictions lifted in Pueblo County

Photo of the Arkansas River. Taken by KKTV July 11, 2019 when river restrictions were put in place.

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Restrictions for the Arkansas River in Pueblo County were lifted on Thursday.

Officials announced use of the river from the spillway of the Pueblo Dam to the Pueblo County and Otero County line have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place back on June 11 due to dangerous and fast-flowing water along the river.

The public may now resume normal recreational activities, to include tubing, in and around the river. Whitewater canoes and kayaks may continue to be used, as they were not included in the restrictions. A Type III personal flotation device, approved by the United States Coast Guard, is required to be worn when entering the Arkansas River (PMC 11-1-700; CRS § 33-13-110 (2)(a) and (2)(c)).

The public is reminded to remain vigilant of the inherent dangers of entering the waters of the Arkansas River. Please keep the following items in mind:

• Always wear a properly fitted life jacket when on or in the water.

• The strength of the currents can be deceptive. What may appear to be a slow-moving current can actually challenge even experienced swimmers.

• It is important to ensure that recreation devices are rated for the flows in the river. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) website can be consulted for current water flow information (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07099970).