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Whitewater River Run

Colorado Arkansas River

Buena Vista Whitewater Park

Class II+ TO III+


64°, Slight Chance T-Storms Then T-Storms Likely

The Buena Vista Whitewater Park on the Arkansas River is a popular river run for kayakers and rafters. The park features several challenging obstacles, including a series of man-made drops, eddies, and waves. The river run difficulty is rated Class III-IV, making it suitable for experienced paddlers. The best time of year to float this section of water is during the spring and early summer, when water levels range from 1,000 to 3,000 cfs. At higher levels, the river can become too dangerous to navigate. Overall, the Buena Vista Whitewater Park river run offers a thrilling adventure for those seeking a challenging and exciting experience on the water.

Weather today, A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 64. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Status Runnable
Class Level II+ to III+
Elevation 8,629 ft
Run Length 1.0 Mi
Streamflow Discharge 1540 cfs
Gauge Height 13.5 ft
Reporting Streamgage Arkansas River Below Granite
USGS 07087050

Nearby Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
2,050 cfs 5.7 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
338 cfs 6.3 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
27 cfs 1.1 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
360 cfs 3.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
270 cfs 2.9 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
54 cfs 5.9 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
125 cfs 3.8 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
1,810 cfs 4.5 ft
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
17 cfs 0.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Popular Destinations

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Prospector 107 9,105 ft
Lowry 24 9,068 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Garfield 8 9,912 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Collegiate Peaks 56 9,837 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Iron City 15 9,928 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Cottonwood Lake 24 9,586 ft
Pine Cove 56 9,022 ft
North Fork Reservoir 9 11,459 ft
Peak One 74 9,030 ft
Dexter 24 9,271 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Selkirk 15 10,488 ft
Monarch Park 37 10,478 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Heaton Bay 81 9,072 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class

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