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
Dallas Creek Near Ridgway
USGS 09147000
11 cfs 2.4 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
56 cfs 2.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
44 cfs 1.0 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
17 cfs 1.8 ft
Terror Creek At Mouth Near Bowie
USGS 09132995
2 cfs ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
462 cfs 3.3 ft
Uncompahgre River At Colona
USGS 09147500
63 cfs 3.4 ft
Cimarron River Near Cimarron
USGS 09126000
23 cfs 1.2 ft
Cochetopa Creek Below Rock Creek Nr Parlin
USGS 09118450
38 cfs 2.2 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
173 cfs 4.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
7.11" -1.26"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
45" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
39" -1"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Spud Mountain
SNOTEL 780
47" -3"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
32" -2"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Cascade #2
SNOTEL 387
1" 0"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Cascade
SNOTEL 386
5" -3"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Molas Lake
SNOTEL 632
33" -2"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Lost Lake 19 9,621 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Erickson Springs 18 6,830 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1770.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III