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
Uncompahgre River At Colona
USGS 09147500
45 cfs 3.3 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
24 cfs 1.2 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
27 cfs 1.8 ft
Cochetopa Creek Below Rock Creek Nr Parlin
USGS 09118450
21 cfs 2.0 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
126 cfs 4.1 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
175 cfs 1.0 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Cimarron River Near Cimarron
USGS 09126000
33 cfs 1.4 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
587 cfs 2.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
3" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 0"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
2" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
Snowmass 1" 59° 0"
Aspen Highlands 1" 59° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 59° 0"
Buttermilk Mountain 1" 59° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1790.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 59.8cfs 12.0 Mi III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1790.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 936.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Waterfall to Confluence 396.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1790.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Oh Be Joyful 175.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1790.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1790.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1790.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 587.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1790.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 59.8cfs None Mi V- to V
Barrel Springs 936.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 936.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1740.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1790.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 59.8cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Cemetery 587.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
New Castle to Silt 1790.0cfs 7.6 Mi II