Last summer, a near season-long drought wreaked havoc on the rafting industry in and around the Arkansas Valley. This year, a heavy winter and recent spring moisture prove promising for the rafting season. By mid-March measurements at four sites showed the best annual basin snowpack average since 1995, far outpacing the historic median between 1981 to 2010.

“It’s a much better feeling this year than last year at this time,” said Mark Hammer, owner of the Adventure Company in Johnson Village. “In a year like [2018], you’re very limited. A year like this is the opposite. This year, we have plenty of water.”

According to Terry Scanga of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, this year’s snowpack is about 125 percent of average.

Hammer highlighted a graphic from the Adventure Company’s blog depicting snowpack level’s dating back to 1995. Currently, 2019’s snowpack (red-dashed line) is far above last years’ levels and tops the previous April high, dating back to 2011.  For the full article click here!  

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