Make a Splash at Our 17th Annual Float Fest!

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*REGISTRATION IS FULL. Please consider joining us for our FREE afternoon festival*


The Conservation Center is excited to announce that our 17th Annual Float Fest will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017! Each year, we work hard to recruit boat captains and conservation experts to take floaters down the river on a fun-filled adventure to help raise funds for our watershed work. This year’s float starts at the Paonia River Park and ends at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. All floaters will be shuttled back to the Paonia River Park for an afternoon of celebration. The festival is free to the community with live music, a silent auction, games, vendors, and more. Lunch can be purchased by all festival-goers for $10 from Delicious Orchards. Dress to impress because we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as superheroes! 

The float has class I and II rapids, so be prepared to get a little wet!

The float requires registration but the festival is FREE to the community. Tickets sell out quickly for the float, so register today!


Why Should You Join Us?

The Float Fest is a unique opportunity to spend a day on the North Fork of the Gunnison River with friends and family. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful trip down the river while learning about the river’s history, the Western Slope Conservation Center, and the Paonia River Park. The festival after the float is a great way to enjoy the afternoon while you explore the Paonia River Park and spend time with family and friends. This would be the perfect time to check out our new 1-mile loop trail if you haven’t already!



When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Float Put-In and Start Time: 10am at the Paonia River Park
Take-Out: Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss
Theme: Superheroes!
Adult Ticket: $30
Youth Ticket (8-17 years old): $15 **must be accompanied by adult
FREE Community Festival: 1:30pm-5:30pm at the Paonia River Park on June 3rd

NOTE: Registration is required for the float. Ticket price includes float, snack at take-out in Hotchkiss, personal flotation device (PFD) rental, and shuttle back to the River Park. The festival is free for all community members and all floaters will be taken back to the festival via shuttle. Come spend the day celebrating our 40th anniversary!

-Questions? Please contact the Float Fest Coordinator at

The Conservation Center is also hosting a ‘Paonia River Park Workshop‘  leading up to this year’s Float Fest where you can learn how this amazing community park was created. Why not make the most of your time in Paonia?

Enjoy the beauty of the North Fork
Photo by B. Lehman

Don’t miss out!
Photo by Jim Brett

  Education, Events, Programs, River Park, Watershed
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