The snowpack that will drain this spring from the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain ranges into the Arkansas River is slightly above normal and is poised – with help from anticipated weather patterns – to deliver a healthy recreation season in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, according to Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area officials in Salida. 

That assessment came Wednesday from Tom Waters, AHRA park manager, and Bob Hamel, a member of the AHRA Citizen Task Force and former rafting outfitter.

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