The GJ Town Run is the most popular of the Town Floats in the Grand Valley. There are many options to access the river through here to make it longer or shorter as desired. The run from Corn Lake to Blue Heron takes you through the most exciting features in the Grand Valley but is still mellow enough at lower flows for beginners to have a good time. My Front Range friends have long referred to Junction as a one wave town but with the 29 Rd Wave forming in 2011, I can now inform them that we are a two-wave town and sometimes three when Silo is in. With the new ramp being put in at Las Colonias I foresee Palisade to Las Colonias gaining in popularity.
This stretch can get a little rough at higher flows and beginners should wait for low water to start running it, especially if you plan to run it in an innertube, pool toy, or other craft not intended for running rivers (we often call them “Department Store Coffins”). For the experienced class III boater, this run above 20,000cfs gets to be pretty fun. The wave train leading into the 29Rd Wave and 5th St Wave can be exciting.
Silo is a surf wave feature that forms at certain flows. At lower flows an island comes out of the water creating a side channel where a rock forms a hole. At higher flows the island is completely underwater and at much lower flows the rock is out of the water. If one wants to surf it they have to hit it at that in between flow. This can be a fun wave to surf when it’s good but there are several downed trees below it making us only recommend the experienced boaters surf here.
The family that owns the lake directly across Dike Road from the Silo Wave are truly amazing people. They provide access to their lake for programming for a few Grand Valley nonprofits that work with veterans and clients with disabilities including Colorado Discover Ability and Team River Runner. They have also started their own nonprofit, Dream Big Adaptive Water Sports. Dream Big is an organization that teaches adaptive water skiing to clients with all types of disabilities. Along with all this the family is also very involved in Special Olympics. If you happen to run into them while you are playing at Silo make sure to smile and wave and thank them for everything they do for our veterans and the special needs community in the Grand Valley, but don’t tell them I told you, they are very modest people.
For more information on the Colorado River through the Grand Valley head over to our Grand Valley page.