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The man who died rafting the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon this weekend was from Illinois. The Garfield County Coroner reports 56-year-old Dennis Janes drowned after he fell from a raft Saturday. The accident happened east of the Grizzly Creek rest area. Janes was one of three people in the raft, which was not from a commercial company. He was wearing both a life vest and a helmet. River flows are strong this spring because of plentiful moisture and upstream reservoir releases.

Marci Krivonen

This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.

"I’m excited. Today’s my 34th birthday," says rafter Ellie Burnett.