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
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
28 cfs 1.1 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
132 cfs 4.9 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
33 cfs 1.5 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
21 cfs 4.1 ft
Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050
596 cfs 12.1 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
16 cfs 0.5 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
539 cfs 3.4 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
344 cfs 3.8 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
196 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
Keystone Resort 36" 62° 8.66"
Ski Cooper 29" 59° 6.11"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 56° 0.89"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 596.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 596.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V