The 2nd Annual Uncompahgre River Classic

Predict when the Uncompahgre River will reach its peak flow & win great prizes!

A Fundraiser for the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is raising funds to support our activities protecting, improving and promoting awareness about the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed through a new contest – the Uncompahgre River Classic. Purchase an entry with your prediction of the date and time that the Uncompahgre River above the Ridgway Reservoir will hit its peak flow this May and June, and you could win great prizes!

  • Entry Period: March 1 to May 1, 2022.
  • The winner of the Uncompahgre River Classic will be announced at Ridgway RiverFest on June 25.
  • For information on streamflows, check out this watershed page.
  • You can also check out information about last year’s peak flow here.

2022 Winners & Prizes

The peak flow on the Uncompahgre River above the Ridgway Reservoir was on May 16, 2022 at midnight with 619 cubic feet per second.

Angela Unruh won 1st Place with her prediction of 5/14/2022 4:15 pm

Atlasta Solar Center GRAND PRIZE: Carbon GalaXy SOLtrain Inflatable Paddle Board with accessories

Tony Criscuolo won 2nd place with his prediction of 5/12/2022 6:45 pm

Paco Grande Pad and collapsible bucket bag from Jack’s Plastic Welding

Rosemary Dempsey won 3rd Place with her prediction of 5/19/22 2:45 pm

$150 Gift Card and tote bag from Alpacka Raft

Kathryn Beck won 4th place with her prediction of 05/22/2022 12:15 am

$100 Gift Card from CKS Online

John Breuker won 5th place with his prediction of 05/25/2022 2:00 pm

Ridgway RiverFest Shirt and Yeti Mug, donated by Voyage Books



Entries closed on May 1. No more entries are being accepted. The winners will be announced on June 25, 2022.

Note: If your entry is successfully submitted and paid for, you will get an email confirmation for the payment from PayPal and a confirmation from Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership with a record of your prediction(s) and contact information.

If you do not see email confirmations in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. If confirmations are not there, your entry was not submitted successfully. Typically, the issue is accidentally not entering required information or not adequately clicking on the submit button.You may retry your entry or email Tanya at for help.



Price: $10 per entry or $25 for 4 entries (10 entries for $50)

Guess/Entry Purchase Period: March 1 through May 1, 2022

Peak Flow Predictions: Entry buyers will predict the date and the time of the Uncompahgre River’s peak flow between May 1 (12:00 a.m.) through June 24 (11:45 p.m.), 2022. Predictions will be in increments of 15 minutes i.e. 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, and 12:45.

Winner Announcement: June 25, 2022 (at Ridgway RiverFest). You do not have to be present to win. Winners will also be notified by email and phone.

Peak Flow Determination: The correct prediction will be based on the peak flow of the Uncompahgre River, above the Ridgway Reservoir, that results from snowmelt between May 2 and June 24. UWP will use measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey gage at County Road 24 to determine the top three predictions.

Winner Determination: The winner of the Uncompahgre River Classic will be the entrant who predicted the closest date and time to the actual date and time of the peak flow. If more than one entrant is equally close to predicting the correct date and time, the entrant who paid for their entry first will be the winner. If more than one entrant is equally close or correct in their prediction and paid for their entries at the same time, the entrant who also predicts the flow rate (cubic feet per second) closest to the actual peak flow will be the winner. The second through fifth place winners will be determined similarly. Each entrant may only win one prize. If entrants have more than one of closest prediction among the top five, they may not win a second prize. The entrant with the next closest prediction will be selected to win the next prize.

Disclaimers: Flows outside the designated peak flow period outlined in the contest rules, and in locations other than the designated U.S.G.S. gage will not be considered in this contest.

Eligibility: Only people who are 18 years old and up may purchase entries. Board members and contracted staff of the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership as well as immediate family members living in their household are not eligible to win prizes in the Uncompahgre River Classic.

Prize Pickup: Winners must pick up their prizes in Ridgway, Colo. UWP will not ship the grand prize or second prize, unless winners pay shipping costs. The third, fourth and fifth prizes can be shipped if the winners prefer.

Entrant Agreement: By entering a prediction in the Uncompahgre River Classic, the entrant agrees to receive emails from UWP through the period of the contest: March 1 to June 25. Emails will primarily give updates on the contest and related UWP activities. Afterwards, entrants will only continue to receive emails from UWP if they subscribe to updates on the form in the top right margin of UWP’s website or at the link in the thank you confirmation for each purchase. UWP may also send one mailing to entrants’ mailing addresses annually related to our nonprofit’s membership drive. Please email if you wish to be taken off the membership drive list. UWP will only give entrant contact information to the contest sponsors, who may contact you but must request your permission to be added to any regular mailing lists.

If you have any questions about the Uncompahgre River Classic, please contact UWP Communications Director Tanya Ishikawa at or 970-325-3010.