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
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
73 cfs 3.3 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
104 cfs 7.8 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
264 cfs 4.9 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
16 cfs 0.6 ft
Uncompahgre River Near Ridgway
USGS 09146200
43 cfs 1.8 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
200 cfs 2.0 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
329 cfs 1.4 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
21 cfs 2.7 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
98 cfs 1.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
25" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
56" -1"
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.44" -0.09"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
22.85" 1.14"
montrose 7.3 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-MT-31
2.82" -0.05"
silverton 0.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SJ-4
23.46" 0.16"
Cascade
SNOTEL 386
24" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
37" 0"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
56" -2"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
rifle 3.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-28
5.96" -0.04"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.98" -0.18"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
34" 0"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.59" 0.1"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
45" 0"
Cascade #2
SNOTEL 387
23" -1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
74" 0"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
35" 1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
37" -2"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
29" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 0"
bayfield 7n
SNOTEL BYFC2
12.02" 2.8"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
14" 2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
40.42" -0.29"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.59" 0.1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
44" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
44.2" -0.32"
Spud Mountain
SNOTEL 780
47" 0"
bayfield 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LP-98
12.19" 2.93"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
10" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
52" 1"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
72" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" -1"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
30" 0"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
11.65" -0.12"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
1.32" 0.54"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.14" -0.12"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 1"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
34" 0"
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
13.78" -0.14"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
11.77" -0.15"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 0"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
9" -1"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
39" 2"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
49" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
30" 0"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 0"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
23" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -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
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 35" 16° 1.32"
Snowmass 37" 19° 1.94"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 30" 24° 1.03"
Aspen Highlands 37" 19° 1.94"
Buttermilk Mountain 37" 19° 1.94"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Oh Be Joyful 217.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Waterfall to Confluence 264.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Cemetery 329.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
New Castle to Silt 1080.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1080.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 329.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Catherine Store Section 264.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1080.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Bogan Canyon 54.5cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Avalanche Down 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Crystal Mill Falls 54.5cfs None Mi V- to V