Learn about river safety, enjoy great outdoors at Rock & Raft

With a boatload of land and water fun, the annual Rock & Raft hosted by Mesa County Search and Rescue is planned for Saturday, July 15.

Rafters are encouraged to float the Colorado River from Corn Lake to Watson Island, then enjoy live music, food and drink at Western Colorado Botanical Garden’s amphitheater, 641 Struthers Ave.

Rafters will put in at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Corn Lake boat ramp. A parking pass is required to park at Corn Lake State Park. The float will take about two hours.

Families are invited to attend the event to learn about river safety and enjoy the great Colorado outdoors, a news release said. Rafters should take appropriate river-ready floatation devices and wear life jackets.

Because Watson Island isn’t an official boat ramp, members of the Search and Rescue team will help rafters and families at the take out.

Once on land, adult participants can visit the beer garden hosted by Horizon Sunrise Rotary. There will be food, dancing and fun from 1–6 p.m., with music by Ryan Harrison Acoustic, Suckafish, The Wrong Impressions and others. There also will be a double-elimination corn hole tournament with prizes from local sponsors.

Rock & Raft is free to attend, however there is a $20 per person/$40 per team cost to enter the corn hole tournament. The tournament will start at approximately 1 p.m., after rafters arrive at Watson Island.

Go to bridget0.wixsite.com/rockandraft to register for the corn hole tournament or for information.


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