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
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
114 cfs 2.3 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
9 cfs 0.6 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
20 cfs 2.2 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
260 cfs 3.7 ft
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
87 cfs 2.6 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
26 cfs 1.8 ft
Bobtail Creek Near Jones Pass
USGS 09034900
1 cfs 2.3 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
25 cfs 1.8 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
18 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
1" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
2" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
2" -3"
aspen springs amrad
SNOTEL ASIC2
2.06" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
1" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.61" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
35" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
4.14" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -2"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
3" 0"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
3.13" 1.62"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
15" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
6" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
1.87" 0"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
1.24" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
7" 0"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
1.17" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
9" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 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
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 7" 42° 0"
Keystone Resort 9" 40° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 8" 34° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 7" 42° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Middle Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 68.8cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III