Bogan Canyon


Beautiful, remote-feeling setting with exciting rapids for kayaks, paddle rafts and small oar rigs.  A mostly class III run not to be taken lightly.  Very cold water, continous rapids around blind curves, steep banks, undercut rocks and downed trees present many hazards.  Large boulders in the main channel require quick manuevering to avoid holes and getting pinned.  Scout as much as possible from the road that parallels and gives some glimpses. Takeout is a small eddy with a steep bank alongside the last pullout on Hwy 133 before turning to Marble. Look for alternate takeouts downstream in case the first one is missed.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Crystal River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09081600, the Crystal River Ab Avalanche C Remember only watercraft are permitted at Bogan Canyon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Marble MIle
Class III to III+
Upper Cowboy Corner
Class III to IV-
Lower Cowboy Corner
Class III to IV-
Bogan Canyon
Class III+ to IV
Lower Bogan Canyon
Class II+ to III
Bears Gulch
Class III- to III
Hayes Creek Humiliator
Class IV- to IV
Hawk Creek Herniator
Class IV to IV+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
173 cfs 4.0 ft
Cimarron River Near Cimarron
USGS 09126000
120 cfs 1.9 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
653 cfs 1.6 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
375 cfs 3.1 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
94 cfs 1.6 ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
202 cfs 3.1 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
90 cfs 7.8 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
2" 1"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Highlands 0" 63° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 0" 63° 0"
Snowmass 0" 63° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 66° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2270.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Cemetery 814.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Crystal Mill Falls 227.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Avalanche Down 227.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Catherine Store Section 513.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 814.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Waterfall to Confluence 513.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
New Castle to Silt 2270.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2270.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Bogan Canyon 227.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1840.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2270.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1840.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2270.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 1840.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+