Freaking humbug, you jackasses!
The Springs is a great place for a boater. This was my first season and I had great options.
First, as mentioned, Pueblo's WW park is awesome. About 3/4 of a mile with 6 features (we'll see how play goes with them next year, they're doing some mods as this was its first year) and usually you see 5 people there... Eat it, Golden...
Parkdale on the Arkansas, solid Class III, fun run that you can get down to and back in about 6 hours from rendesvous to rendesvous (1:15 driving each each way, 3 hours boating, and lunch at Alfonso's Super Taco in Canon City!).
As mentioned, the Gorge is there, mostly Class IV at higher water.
You're another hour away from Salida when you are down in Canon City and their playpark. Then you have two ways to get to all the Arkansas runs; Browns, Numbers, Fractions, etc. Closer than Denver by far. Now, I don't know how this compares to the Poudre and such, but really, Colorado Springs is in a better position to access all the Arkansas locales than Denver.
Boating is GREAT here.
Get in our club:
It is a GREAT club, lots going on, lots of outings that are organized and people are great boaters. We start pool sessions in mid January. Hope to meet you!