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
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
89 cfs 3.5 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
2 cfs 5.1 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
2 cfs 2.9 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
7 cfs 4.1 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
16 cfs 2.0 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
105 cfs 3.1 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
1 cfs 0.1 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
256 cfs 2.8 ft
South Platte River Near Lake George
USGS 06696000
56 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
7" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
52" -2"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Keystone Resort 33" 43° 9.12"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 35" 39° 6.43"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 53.9cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 15.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-