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The runs listed in the following sections match the order in the Dreamflows daily report. Please select from the following:
General Information
Colorado Rivers
List of Composite Maps
Colorado Links

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Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.
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General Information

The following lists the various Colorado flow sites reported by Dreamflows, and some whitewater runs associated with those sites.  This list isn't by any means exhaustive, but should provide a useful cross-listing.  Sites reported by Dreamflows appear against the left-hand margin in bold, while associated runs appear indented underneath.  Where available, gauge location and other pertinent information appear beneath the site name.  The terms "above" and "below" mean "upstream from" and "downstream from", respectively, and distances are in river miles.

In general, the flow on any given run will differ to some extent from the reported flow for its gauge.  For example, the flow on the Chamberlain Falls run of the North Fork American is lower than the inflow at Clementine, since the run starts many miles upstream from Clementine (side creeks make up the difference).  For runs marked the difference is likely to be radical.  Please consult a good white-water guidebook for information on how to estimate the actual flow on any given run.

Click on the icon, when present, for run-specific put-in, take-out and/or rapid location information.  Click on the icon, when present, for a composite view showing gauges and runs in the same drainage or general area.  The terms "run" and "reach" are used interchangeably; both mean a specific section of some river or stream that is typically paddled during a single trip.  Of course you're not necessarily limited to these access points and may choose others, though be sure to consider the legal and logistical aspects first.  Also, be aware that access points may not be accurately measured or displayed, and in any case can change over time, so please don't take the published access points too literally.  In particular, many access points are shown as the middle of a bridge; this doesn't mean you should seal launch off, but rather scout around for the best river-side access.

Information on the runs listed below was taken from one (or more) of the following sources:

TagTitle and Author
AllAboutAll About Rivers (on online guide) - Brad Goettemoeller.
AWAAmerican Whitewater.
CRCColorado Rivers and Creeks, Second Edition - Gordon Banks and Dave Eckardt.
HardyPaddling Colorado - Dunbar Hardy.
RiverBrainRiver Brain.
WWGuidebookWhitewater Guidebook.

Almost all of the runs below have some basic information about the run: the length, the class, and a tag indicating which guidebook the information was taken from (see the above table for a list of tags).  The page numbers (where given) are for the specified edition of the guide. The class ratings listed here never include all the nuances in the guidebook.  Note very carefully that the information supplied here is intended only as an aid to selecting runs which might appeal to you.  Different authors rate runs differently, some runs have significant rapids and hazards not covered by the ratings given here, and ratings change with flow.  Also, only a fraction of the information in the guidebooks is presented here.  PLEASE CONSULT AN APPLICABLE GUIDEBOOK before selecting a run to paddle.

Note also that the class rating will sometimes have a qualifier appended in parentheses.  If the rating (for example) were given as III to IV, then this means the run is generally considered Class III to IV at normal flows.  If the rating were III to IV (V) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained class V rapid(s).  If the rating were III to IV (P) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained portage(s).  Dreamflows is adding qualifier information as time permits (i.e. slowly), and many/most entries that need a qualifier don't have one yet.  So, if you don't see a qualifier for a given run, then don't assume that one doesn't apply.

Many of the runs listed below have links to web pages that describe the run and associated logistics.  Many also provide interesting photos.  Note: these are third-party web sites, though, and as such Dreamflows cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided; nor are the opinions expressed necessarily shared by Dreamflows.  Note also that for many runs, the logistical information is taken from a hardcopy book, even though there are one or more links to online pages as well.  This offers the reader multiple sources of run information.

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Colorado Rivers

Colorado - Near Kremmling
Gauge located 0.8 miles below Gore, 4 miles below Blue River confluence.  Gauge elevation 7320 feet.
  Colorado River - Gore Canyon (9.2 miles, V- to V+, CRC p98)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - Pumphouse to Rancho del Rio (11.6 miles, III, CRC p96)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - State Bridge to Dotsero (45 miles, II+, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - Burns Rodeo Hole (Advanced Play Spot, CRC p91)    

Colorado - Near Dotsero
Gauge located 1.4 miles below Eagle River confluence, 1.8 miles below I-70 bridge at Dotsero.  Gauge elevation 6130 feet.
  Colorado River - State Bridge to Dotsero (45 miles, II+, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - Burns Rodeo Hole (Advanced Play Spot, CRC p91)    
  Colorado River - Barrel Springs Run (Hanging Lake to Exit 123) (2.2 miles, IV+ to V+, CRC p88)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - Shoshone Run (Exit 123 to Grizzly Creek) (1.6 miles, III to IV, CRC p87)        AllAbout
  Colorado River - Grizzly Creek to New Castle (15 miles, II+, CRC p82)        AllAbout

Colorado - Near CO-UT State Line
Gauge located at Knowles Canyon, 2.0 miles above the Colorado-Utah state line.  Gauge elevation 4325 feet.
  Colorado River - Horsethief/Ruby Canyons (Loma Launch Site to Westwater Launch Site) (25 miles, II, CRC p78)        AWA  Permit Info
  Colorado River - Westwater Canyon (Westwater Launch Site to Cisco Launch Site) (17.2 miles, III, CRC p76)        AWA  Permit Info

Green - Near Greendale
Gauge located at the boat ramp 0.45 miles below Flaming Gorge Dam.  Gauge elevation 5594 feet.
  Green River - Flaming Gorge to Lodore (47 miles, I to II, AWA)        AWA
  Green River - Gates of Lodore (Lodore to Echo Park) (19 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA  Permit Info
  Green River - Split Mountain Canyon (Echo Park to Split Mountain) (24 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA

Yampa - At Steamboat Springs
Gauge located at the 5th Street bridge in Steamboat Springs.  Gauge elevation 6695 feet.
  Yampa River - Above-Town Section (Hwy 131 Bridge to Yampa River Park) (8 miles, I, Hardy p57)      
  Yampa River - Town Run (2 miles, III-, CRC p262)      

Yampa - Near Maybell
Gauge located at Hwy-40 bridge, 5 miles above Maybell.  Gauge elevation 5900 feet.
  Yampa River - Little Yampa Canyon (38 miles, I+, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Yampa River - Juniper Canyon (13 miles, II, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Yampa River - Cross Mountain Gorge (4.8 miles, IV+ to V+, CRC p260)        AllAbout

Yampa - At Deerlodge Park
Gauge located at The Steps, 0.3 miles above Disappointment Draw, 5 miles below Little Snake River.  Gauge elevation 5600 feet.
  Yampa River - Cross Mountain Gorge (4.8 miles, IV+ to V+, CRC p260)        AllAbout
  Yampa River - Yampa Canyon (71 miles, III, CRC p254)        AllAbout  AWA  WWGuidebook  Permit Info

Green - Near Jensen
Gauge located 500 feet above Cub Creek Rd bridge, 0.9 miles below Cub Creek, 13 miles above Jensen.  Gauge elevation 4758 feet.
  Green River - Flaming Gorge to Lodore (47 miles, I to II, AWA)        AWA
  Green River - Gates of Lodore (Lodore to Echo Park) (19 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA  Permit Info
  Green River - Split Mountain Canyon (Echo Park to Split Mountain) (24 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA
  Green River - Ouray to Green River Town (Desolation & Gray Canyons) (128 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA  Permit Info
  Yampa River - Yampa Canyon (71 miles, III, CRC p254)        AllAbout  AWA  WWGuidebook  Permit Info

Eagle - At Red Cliff
Gauge located at Red Cliff, 0.3 miles above Turkey Creek.  Gauge elevation 8654 feet.
  Eagle River - Camp Hale to Red Cliff (4.6 miles, IV, AWA)        AWA
  Eagle River - Gilman Gorge (Red Cliff to Tigiwon Rd) (4 miles, IV+ to V-, CRC p134)        AWA  AllAbout

Eagle - Near Minturn
Gauge located 400 feet above Hwy-24 bridge, 0.8 miles above Two Elk Creek, 3 miles above Minturn.  Gauge elevation 8078 feet.
  Eagle River - Gilman Gorge (Red Cliff to Tigiwon Rd) (4 miles, IV+ to V-, CRC p134)        AWA  AllAbout

Eagle - Below Gypsum
Gauge located at Hwy-6 bridge at Gypsum, 100 feet below Gypsum Creek.  Gauge elevation 6275 feet.
  Eagle River - Dowd Chute (1.4 miles III+ to V, CRC p131)        AllAbout
  Eagle River - Upper Run (Riverbend Bus Stop to Edwards) (7 miles, III, CRC p129)      
  Eagle River - Lower Run (Edwards to Eagle) (17.4 miles, II to III, CRC p128)        AWA

Castle Creek - At Aspen
Gauge located 500 feet above W Hallam St, 0.9 miles above the Roaring Fork River confluence.  Gauge elevation 7882 feet.
  Castle Creek - Aspen Music School to Slaughterhouse Bridge (2 miles, IV+ to V-, CRC p193)        AWA

Roaring Fork - Below Maroon Creek
Gauge located 0.8 miles below Maroon Creek, 1.1 miles above Owl Creek, 5 miles below Aspen.  Gauge elevation 7530 feet.
  Roaring Fork River - Slaughterhouse Bridge to Upper Woody Creek Bridge (4.5 miles, IV to V-, CRC p193)        AllAbout
  Roaring Fork River - Upper Woody Creek Bridge to Lower Woody Creek Bridge (3.8 miles, III to IV-, CRC p191)        AllAbout
  Roaring Fork River - Lower Woody Creek Bridge to Hwy-82 Bridge (6.2 miles, III to IV-, CRC p191)        AllAbout

Fryingpan - Near Thomasville
Gauge located 500 feet below North Fork confluence, 1.8 miles above Thomasville, 1.8 miles below Norrie.  Gauge elevation 8220 feet.
  Fryingpan River - Upper Run (Norrie Colony to Ruedi Res) (5.7 miles, IV+ to V-, CRC p195)      

Roaring Fork - At Glenwood Springs
Gauge located at Glenwood Springs, 0.40 miles above the Colorado River confluence.  Gauge elevation 5721 feet.
  Roaring Fork River - Black Bridge to Veltus Park (Cemetery Run) (6.2 miles, II+, CRC p190)        AWA

Crystal - Above Avalanche Creek
Gauge located 0.4 miles below Penny Hot Springs, 1.1 miles above Avalanche Creek, 4 miles below Redstone.  Gauge elevation 6905 feet.
  North Fork Crystal River - Above Avalanche Creek (0.65 miles, VI, CRC p114)      
  Crystal River - Crystal Mill Falls to Gorge (3 miles, III to IV, CRC p116)      
  Crystal River - Gorge Run (1.8 miles, V+, CRC p112)        AllAbout
  Crystal River - Bogan Canyon Run (3 to 10 miles, IV-, CRC p111)        AllAbout
  Crystal River - Meatgrinder Run (2 miles, V+, CRC p110)        AllAbout
  Crystal River - The Narrows (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche) (2.1 miles, IV+ to V, CRC p109)        AllAbout
  Crystal River - Avalanche Creek to B.R.B. Campground (4.8 miles, III, CRC p108)        AllAbout

Gunnison - Below Gunnison Tunnel
Gauge located 0.3 miles below East Portal, 2.0 miles below Crystal Dam.  Gauge elevation 6526 feet.
  Gunnison River - Black Canyon (East Portal to Gunnison Forks) (27.7 miles, V, CRC p150)        AWA
  Gunnison River - Gorge Run (Chukar Trail to Gunnison Forks) (13.4 miles, III to IV, CRC p146)      

Dolores - Below McPhee Reservoir
Gauge located 600 feet below McPhee Dam.  Gauge elevation 6660 feet.
  Dolores River - Bradfield Launch Site to Slick Rock (47 miles, III (IV+), CRC p122)        AllAbout  AWA  AWA

Dolores - At Bedrock
Gauge located 150 feet above the Highway 90 bridge  Gauge elevation 4940 feet.
  Dolores River - Slick Rock to Bedrock (36 or 50 miles, II+ (III), CRC p121)        AllAbout  AWA

San Miguel - Near Placerville
Gauge located 1.7 miles below Specie Creek, 5.0 miles below Placerville.  Gauge elevation 7030 feet.
  San Miguel River - Conoco Station to Bilk Creek (Keystone Gorge) (3.0 miles, V, AWA)        AWA
  San Miguel River - Bilk Creek to Fall Creek (Sawpit) (7.3 miles, III, CRC p126)      
  San Miguel River - Specie Creek to Norwood Bridge (8.5 miles, II+, AWA)        AWA
  San Miguel River - Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge (Norwood Canyon) (16 miles, III, CRC p125)      
  San Miguel River - BB 36 Rd to Green Truss Bridge (Ledges) (5.2 miles, III, CRC p124)      

San Juan - At Pagosa Springs
Gauge located 500 feet below Hot Springs Blvd bridge, 0.2 miles above McCabe Creek, 0.6 miles below Hwy-160 bridge at Pagosa Springs.  Gauge elevation 7048 feet.
  San Juan River - Pagosa to Trujillo Road (Mesa Canyon) (13.4 miles, III-, CRC p212)      AllAbout  AWA

Animas - At Silverton
Gauge located at the E 14th Street / Highway 33 bridge in Silverton, 1000 ft above Cement Creek confluence.  Gauge elevation 9290 feet.
  Animas River - Eureka to Howardsville (Forks of the Animas) (3.6 miles, II, AWA)        AWA
  Animas River - Howardsville to Silverton (Silverton Daily) (5 miles, III, AWA)        AWA
  Animas River - Upper Run (Silverton to Rockwood) (26.8 miles, IV to IV+, CRC p202)        AllAbout  AWA  AWA

Animas - At Durango
Gauge located at footbridge, 0.2 miles below Main Ave bridge in Durango.  Gauge elevation 6502 feet.
  Animas River - Upper Run (Silverton to Rockwood) (26.8 miles, IV to IV+, CRC p202)        AllAbout  AWA  AWA
  Animas River - Bakers Bridge to Trimble Lane (6 miles, I to II, AWA)        AWA
  Animas River - Trimble Bridge to North Durango (11 miles, I+, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Animas River - At Durango (5 miles, III, CRC p198)        AllAbout
  Animas River - High Bridge to Bondad Bridge (16 miles, II, AllAbout)        AllAbout

North Platte - Near Northgate
Gauge located 0.7 miles below Hwy-125 bridge, 5 miles above Colorado/Wyoming state line.  Gauge elevation 7810 feet.
  North Platte River - Northgate Canyon (10.8 miles, III to III+, CRC p168)      AllAbout

South Platte - Near Lake George
Gauge located 600 feet below Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 8450 feet.
  South Platte River - Cheesman Canyon (7.3 miles, V, CRC p220)        AWA

No. South Platte - At Grant
Gauge located at Grant, 0.3 miles below Geneva Creek.  Gauge elevation 8560 feet.
  North Fork South Platte River - Bailey Run (10.5 miles, IV+ to V-, CRC p226)        AllAbout  AWA  RiverBrain
  North Fork South Platte River - Foxton Run (4.5 miles, III to IV-, CRC p224)        AllAbout  AWA  RiverBrain

Clear Creek - At Golden
Gauge located at Hwy-6 bridge at Golden.  Gauge elevation 5695 feet.
  Clear Creek - Upper Run (3.6 miles, IV- to IV, CRC p230)        AllAbout  AWA
  Clear Creek - Black Rock Run (5.5 miles, V- to V, CRC p229)        AllAbout  AWA
  Clear Creek - Lower Run (5.7 miles, IV to IV+, CRC p228)        AllAbout  AWA

No. Saint Vrain Cr - Above Buttonrock Res
Gauge located 0.5 miles above Buttonrock Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 6450 feet.
  Note: flow site is currently not operational.  However, the following reach information is still relevant:
  North Saint Vrain Creek - Hwy 7 to ButtonRock Preserve (Upper NSV) (9.5 miles, V+, CRC p248)      AWA

Boulder Creek - Near Orodell
Gauge located 1.1 miles above Fourmile Creek at Orodell, 1.3 miles below Bummers Gulch.  Gauge elevation 5825 feet.
  Boulder Creek - Doherty Park to Eben G. Fine Park (3.2 miles, IV, CRC p243)        AWA
  Boulder Creek - Eben G. Fine Park and below (3 miles, III, CRC p242)        AWA

South Boulder Cr - Above Gross Reservoir
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Coal Creek Canyon Road bridge, 0.4 miles below Pinecliffe.  Gauge elevation 7930 feet.
  South Boulder Creek - Rollinsville to Pinecliffe (Alto Alto SBC) (6 miles, III to IV, CRC p240)        AWA
  South Boulder Creek - Pinecliffe to Gross Mountain Reservoir (Upper SBC) (2.6 miles, V to VI-, CRC p236)        AWA  RiverBrain

South Boulder Cr - Below Gross Reservoir
Gauge located 500 feet below road bridge, 0.9 miles below Gross Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 6800 feet.
  South Boulder Creek - Gross Reservoir to Eldorado State Park (6.4 miles, IV to IV+, CRC p232)        AWA

Cache La Poudre - At Canyon Mouth
Gauge located 1.3 miles above Lewstone Creek, 2.4 miles below Hwy-24 bridge.  Gauge elevation 5225 feet.
  Cache La Poudre River - Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground (Spencer Heights) (2.4 miles, V, CRC p69)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Sleeping Elephant Campground to Big Bend Picnic Area (Sleeping Elephant) (5 miles, II+ to III, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Cache La Poudre River - Big Bend Picnic Area to Home Moraine (Fish Hatchery) (2.5 miles, III to IV, AllAbout)        AllAbout
  Cache La Poudre River - Home Moraine to Indian Meadows Low Bridge (White Mile/Upper Rustic) (7.8 miles, III to III+, CRC p67)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Indian Meadows Low Bridge to Narrows Picnic Area (Grandpa’s Gorge/Lower Rustic) (9.6 miles, III+ to IV-, CRC p66)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Narrows Picnic Area to Steven’s Gulch (The Narrows) (3.4 miles, V to V+, CRC p65)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Steven’s Gulch to Mishawaka Inn (Upper Mishawaka) (3.3 miles, III+ to IV, CRC p60)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Mishawaka Inn to Poudre Park Picnic Area (Lower Mishawaka) (3 miles, III- to III+, CRC p59)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Poudre Park Picnic Area to Poison Ivy Corner (Poudre Park) (2 miles, III+ to IV+, CRC p58)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Poison Ivy Corner to Bridges (Bridges Run) (2 miles, III to IV-, CRC p57)        AllAbout  AWA
  Cache La Poudre River - Below Filtration Plant to Picnic Rock Access (Filter Plant) (2.4 miles, II to III+, CRC p56)        AllAbout  AWA

Lake Creek - Above Twin Lakes Res
Gauge located 1.2 miles above Twin Lakes Reservoir, 2 miles below Black Cloud Creek.  Gauge elevation 9310 feet.
  Lake Creek - Diversion Tunnel to Willis Gulch Picnic Area (9 miles, V+, CRC p50)      AWA

Clear Creek - Above Clear Creek Res
Gauge located 0.5 mile above Clear Creek Reservoir, 2 miles above the Arkansas River confluence.  Gauge elevation 8900 feet.
  Clear Creek - Missouri Creek Trailhead to above Clear Creek Reservoir (3.3 miles, V-, CRC p52)      AWA

Arkansas - Below Granite
Gauge located at Princeton, 0.9 miles below Pine Creek, 2 miles above Tumble Creek.  Gauge elevation 8620 feet.
  Upper Arkansas River - Granite to Numbers Launch Site (Granite Run) (6 miles, III to IV, CRC p49)        AllAbout  AWA
  Upper Arkansas River - The Numbers (4.9 miles, IV- to IV+, CRC p48)        AllAbout  AWA
  Upper Arkansas River - Railroad Bridge to Buena Vista (Fractions/Frog Rock Run) (7 miles, III to III+, CRC p45)        AllAbout  AWA

Arkansas - Near Nathrop
Gauge located at end of 194 Road, 3.4 miles below Browns Creek, 4 miles above Hwy-291 bridge near Browns Canon.  Gauge elevation 7350 feet.
  Upper Arkansas River - Buena Vista to Fisherman’s Bridge (Buena Vista Town Run) (6.5 miles, III-, CRC p44)        AllAbout  AWA
  Upper Arkansas River - Fisherman’s Bridge to Stone Bridge (Brown’s Canyon) (13 miles, III to IV, CRC p42)        AllAbout  AWA
  Arkansas River - Stone Bridge to Salida (Salida Town) (18.7 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Arkansas River - Salida to Rincon (9.9 miles, II, AWA)        AWA

Arkansas - At Parkdale
Gauge located at Hwy-50 bridge at Parkdale, 0.4 miles below Tallahassee Creek.  Gauge elevation 5720 feet.
  Lower Arkansas River - Rincon to Pinnacle Rock (27.9 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Lower Arkansas River - Pinnacle Rock to Parkdale (Pinnacle Rock Run) (8.7 miles, III to IV, CRC p37)        AllAbout  AWA
  Lower Arkansas River - Parkdale to Canon City (Royal Gorge) (8.7 miles, III to IV+, CRC p34)        AllAbout  AWA

Rio Grande - Near Lobatos
Gauge located at G Road bridge, more-or-less 8.5 miles west of Mesita as the crow flies.  Gauge elevation 7454 feet.
  Rio Grande - Lobatos Bridge to Lee Trail (24 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA
  Rio Grande - Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground (Razors Section) (14 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA

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List of Composite Maps

River/StreamComposite Map
Animas RiverAnimas River
Arkansas RiverArkansas River
Boulder CreekBoulder Creek
Cache La Poudre RiverCache La Poudre River - Upper
Cache La Poudre River - Lower
Clear Creek (CO)Clear Creek - South Platte
Colorado RiverColorado River - Upper
Crystal RiverCrystal River
Dolores RiverDolores, San Miguel Rivers
Eagle RiverEagle River
Green RiverUpper Green, Yampa Rivers
Lower Green River
Gunnison RiverGunnison River
Rio GrandeRio Grande
Roaring Fork RiverRoaring Fork, Fryingpan Rivers
South Platte RiverSouth Platte River

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Colorado Links

Colorado DWR - River Flow Index
USGS - Colorado Real-Time Flow Index