Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge To Stone Bridge)


This is another quality run on the Arkansas.  If you had to pick one solid class III run in CO many would choose this as the run.  At higher flows this stretch approaches class IV due to the continuous nature of the run and the rapids.  This area sees kayaks, rafts, fishing, commercials and just about everything else.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 6,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Screaming Right Hand Turn Rapid
Class II to III
Canyon Doors Rapid
Class III to III+
Pinball Rapid
Class III to III+
Zoom Flume
Class III to IV-
Egg Beater Rapid
Class III
The Squeeze
Class III
Hemorrhoid Rock
Class II to III
Big Drop Rapid
Class III
Seven Stairs Rapid
Class III
Widowmaker Rapid
Class III to IV
Raft Flipper Rapid
Class III
The Graveyard
Class III- to III+
Last Chance Rapid
Class II to II+
Seidel's Suckhole
Class IV- to IV+
Twin Falls Rapid
Class III to IV-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
79 cfs 5.0 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
515 cfs 3.5 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
11 cfs 2.9 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
432 cfs 4.4 ft
Cottonwood Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08229500
40 cfs 1.5 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
1,100 cfs 5.7 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
141 cfs 4.4 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
61 cfs 2.7 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
231 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 67° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 56° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
Keystone Resort -1" 59° 0"
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 744.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 407.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Salida to Rincon 744.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 744.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Milk Run 744.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 744.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Numbers 744.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Fractions 744.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Whitewater Park 744.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 231.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 744.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV