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
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
111 cfs 2.9 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
140 cfs 2.0 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
29 cfs 1.8 ft
Yampa River Below Craig
USGS 09247600
253 cfs 1.3 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
100 cfs 1.1 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
14 cfs 2.7 ft
Walton Creek Near Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238500
6 cfs 0.4 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
85 cfs 0.9 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
1,030 cfs 2.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
1" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
4" 2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
4.66" 0.83"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
9" 1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
4" 3"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 1"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
1" -1"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
2" 1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
3" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
3" 1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
11" 3"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
5" -1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
10" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
6" 5"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
14" 0"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
2" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
10" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Lyons Gulch Dispersed 4 6,209 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Upper Colorado Rec Area None 6,158 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 1" 54° 5.49"
Snowmass -1" 54° 4.8"
Buttermilk Mountain -1" 54° 4.8"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 58° 6.4"
Aspen Highlands -1" 54° 4.8"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Waterfall to Confluence 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1030.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1640.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 84.7cfs 12.0 Mi III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 564.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1640.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 273.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Crystal Mill Falls 84.7cfs None Mi V- to V
Catherine Store Section 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1640.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1030.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Cemetery 564.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Bogan Canyon 84.7cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
New Castle to Silt 1640.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1640.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Burns to Dotsero 1030.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1640.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1640.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1640.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 1030.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1640.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1640.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-