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
|Click for weather information local to the gauge site.|
|Click for the gauge location, shown as on the displayed map.|
|Click for the corresponding entry on the river flows page.|
|Click for color-coded flow (high/good/low) trigger level information.|
|Click for the rating table (gauge height to river flow conversion chart).|
|Click for the graph of recent flows.|
|Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.|
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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:
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).
Note: for various reasons (e.g. qualifier omissions in guidebooks, or the river's changed), some entries that should have a qualifier might not show one.
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, plus there are one or more links to online pages as well.
This offers the reader more sources of run information.
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Colorado - Near Kremmling
Gauge located 0.8 miles below Gore, 4 miles below Blue River confluence. Gauge elevation 7320 feet.
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 - Near CO-UT State Line
Gauge located at Knowles Canyon, 2.0 miles above the Colorado-Utah state line. Gauge elevation 4325 feet.
Green - Near Greendale
Gauge located at the boat ramp 0.45 miles below Flaming Gorge Dam. Gauge elevation 5594 feet.
Yampa - At Steamboat Springs
Gauge located at the 5th Street bridge in Steamboat Springs. Gauge elevation 6695 feet.
Yampa - Near Maybell
Gauge located at Hwy-40 bridge, 5 miles above Maybell. Gauge elevation 5900 feet.
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.
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.
Eagle - At Red Cliff
Gauge located at Red Cliff, 0.3 miles above Turkey Creek. Gauge elevation 8654 feet.
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 - Below Gypsum
Gauge located at Hwy-6 bridge at Gypsum, 100 feet below Gypsum Creek. Gauge elevation 6275 feet.
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.
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 7575 feet.
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.
Roaring Fork - At Glenwood Springs
Gauge located at Glenwood Springs, 0.40 miles above the Colorado River confluence. Gauge elevation 5721 feet.
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.
Gunnison - Below Gunnison Tunnel
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 (V), CRC p116) SWPaddler
Crystal River - Gorge Run (1.8 miles, V+, CRC p112) AllAbout SWPaddler
Crystal River - Bogan Canyon Run (3 to 10 miles, IV-, CRC p111) AllAbout SWPaddler
Crystal River - Meatgrinder Run (2 miles, V+, CRC p110) AllAbout SWPaddler
Crystal River - The Narrows (Penny Hot Springs to Avalanche) (2.1 miles, IV+ to V, CRC p109) AllAbout SWPaddler
Crystal River - Avalanche Creek to B.R.B. Campground (4.8 miles, III, CRC p108) AllAbout SWPaddler
Gauge located 0.3 miles below East Portal, 2.0 miles below Crystal Dam. Gauge elevation 6526 feet.
Dolores - Below McPhee Reservoir
Gauge located 600 feet below McPhee Dam. Gauge elevation 6660 feet.
Dolores - At Bedrock
Gauge located 150 feet above the Highway 90 bridge Gauge elevation 4940 feet.
San Miguel - Near Placerville
Gauge located 1.7 miles below Specie Creek, 5.0 miles below Placerville. Gauge elevation 7100 feet.
San Juan - At Pagosa Springs
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) SWPaddler
San Miguel River - Specie Creek to Norwood Bridge (8.5 miles, II+ (III), AWA) AWA SWPaddler
San Miguel River - Norwood Bridge to Green Truss Bridge (Norwood Canyon) (16 miles, III, CRC p125) SWPaddler
San Miguel River - BB 36 Rd to Green Truss Bridge (Ledges) (5.2 miles, III, CRC p124) SWPaddler
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.
Animas - At Silverton
San Juan River - Pagosa to Trujillo Road (Mesa Canyon) (13.4 miles, III-, CRC p212) AllAbout AWA SWPaddler
Gauge located at the E 14th Street / Highway 33 bridge in Silverton, 1000 ft above Cement Creek confluence. Gauge elevation 9199 feet.
Animas - At Durango
Gauge located at footbridge, 0.2 miles below Main Ave bridge in Durango. Gauge elevation 6502 feet.
North Platte - Near Northgate
Animas River - Silverton to Rockwood (Upper) (26.8 miles, IV to IV+ (V-), CRC p202) AllAbout AWA AWA SWPaddler
Animas River - Bakers Bridge to Trimble Lane (6 miles, I to II, AWA) AWA SWPaddler
Animas River - Trimble Bridge to North Durango (11 miles, I+ (fences), AllAbout) AllAbout SWPaddler
Animas River - At Durango (5 miles, III, CRC p198) AllAbout SWPaddler
Animas River - High Bridge to Bondad Bridge (16 miles, II, AllAbout) AllAbout SWPaddler
Gauge located 0.7 miles below Hwy-125 bridge, 5 miles above Colorado/Wyoming state line. Gauge elevation 7810 feet.
South Platte - Near Lake George
North Platte River - Northgate Canyon (10.8 miles, III to III+ (IV-), CRC p168) AllAbout SWPaddler
Gauge located 600 feet below Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir. Gauge elevation 8450 feet.
No. South Platte - At Grant
Gauge located at Grant, 0.3 miles below Geneva Creek. Gauge elevation 8560 feet.
Clear Creek - At Golden
Gauge located at Hwy-6 bridge at Golden. Gauge elevation 5695 feet.
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
Boulder Creek - Near Orodell
. However, the following reach information is still relevant:
North Saint Vrain Creek - Hwy 7 to ButtonRock Preserve (Upper NSV) (9.5 miles, V+ (VI-), CRC p248) AWA
Gauge located 1.1 miles above Fourmile Creek at Orodell, 1.3 miles below Bummers Gulch. Gauge elevation 5825 feet.
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 Cr - Below Gross Reservoir
Gauge located 500 feet below road bridge, 0.9 miles below Gross Reservoir. Gauge elevation 6800 feet.
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.
Lake Creek - Above Twin Lakes Res
Cache La Poudre River - Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground (Spencer Heights) (2.4 miles, V (P), 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 (P), 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 SWPaddler
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 SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Narrows Picnic Area to Steven’s Gulch (The Narrows) (3.4 miles, IV to V+, CRC p65) AllAbout AWetState AWA SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Steven’s Gulch to Mishawaka Inn (Upper Mishawaka) (3.3 miles, III+ to IV, CRC p60) AllAbout AWetState AWA SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Mishawaka Inn to Poudre Park Picnic Area (Lower Mishawaka) (3 miles, III- to III+, CRC p59) AllAbout AWetState AWA SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Poudre Park Picnic Area to Poison Ivy Corner (Poudre Park) (2 miles, III+ to IV+, CRC p58) AllAbout AWetState AWA SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Poison Ivy Corner to Bridges (Bridges Run) (2 miles, III to IV-, CRC p57) AllAbout AWetState AWA SWPaddler
Cache La Poudre River - Below Filtration Plant to Picnic Rock Access (Filter Plant) (2.4 miles, II to III+, CRC p56) AllAbout AWA SWPaddler
Gauge located 1.2 miles above Twin Lakes Reservoir, 2 miles below Black Cloud Creek. Gauge elevation 9310 feet.
Clear Creek - Above Clear Creek Res
Lake Creek - Diversion Tunnel to Willis Gulch Picnic Area (9 miles, V+ (VI), CRC p50) AWA SWPaddler
Gauge located 0.5 mile above Clear Creek Reservoir, 2 miles above the Arkansas River confluence. Gauge elevation 8900 feet.
Arkansas - Below Granite
Clear Creek - Missouri Creek Trailhead to above Clear Creek Reservoir (3.3 miles, V-, CRC p52) AWA
Gauge located at Princeton, 0.9 miles below Pine Creek, 2 miles above Tumble Creek. Gauge elevation 8620 feet.
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.
Arkansas - At Parkdale
Gauge located at Hwy-50 bridge at Parkdale, 0.4 miles below Tallahassee Creek. Gauge elevation 5714 feet.
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.
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Colorado DWR - River Flow Index
USGS - Colorado Real-Time Flow Index