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
Cochetopa Creek Below Rock Creek Nr Parlin
USGS 09118450
28 cfs 2.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
113 cfs 2.4 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
113 cfs 1.5 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
61 cfs 2.9 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Lake Fork At Gateview
USGS 09124500
245 cfs 2.2 ft
Gunnison River Near Gunnison
USGS 09114500
760 cfs 1.8 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
42 cfs 3.1 ft
Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085100
3,590 cfs 5.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 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
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 63° 0"
Snowmass 30" 63° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 69° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 64° 0"
Aspen Highlands 30" 63° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Bogan Canyon 528.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
New Castle to Silt 2290.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Barrel Springs 1870.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Avalanche Down 528.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1870.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2290.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2290.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II