Barrel Springs


Barrel Springs is the run from the Hanging Lake exit to Shoshone.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 8,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09070500, the Colorado River Near Dotsero Remember only watercraft are permitted at Barrel Springs.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Upper Death
Class V to VI
Life after Death
Class IV+ to V
Barrel Springs Rapid
Class IV+ to V
Last Rapid
Class IV to V

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Smith Fork Near Lazear
USGS 09129600
1 cfs 4.5 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
165 cfs 3.1 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
40 cfs 0.9 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
340 cfs 2.3 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
6 cfs 2.3 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
323 cfs 2.5 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
140 cfs 1.6 ft
Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085100
1,770 cfs 4.1 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
60 cfs 2.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
38" -2"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Battle Mountain
SNOTEL 317
6" -7"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
25" -3"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Upper Colorado Rec Area None 6,158 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Lyons Gulch Dispersed 4 6,209 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
New Castle to Silt 1770.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Burns to Dotsero 1290.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-