Buena Vista Whitewater Park


This park has 5 or so holes/waves. Found at the end of Main street in Buena Vista, CO.  There are 2 main locations.  The upper starts at the soccer field area adjacent to the Whipple Bridge which crosses the river.  That is the Uptown Wave.  The second access area is to the south and is accessable in the South Main Neighborhood.  Both are public put ins and take outs.  The park is fun at all levels.  Anything 250 cfs plus makes it worth a trip to play in the park.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 5,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Buena Vista Whitewater Park.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
40 cfs 2.1 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
43 cfs 3.5 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
23 cfs 3.9 ft
Grape Creek Near Westcliffe
USGS 07095000
8 cfs 0.6 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
24 cfs 1.2 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
6 cfs 1.7 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
274 cfs 3.5 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
131 cfs 5.4 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
7 cfs 1.1 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
203 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 0"
Keystone Resort 36" 58° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 36" 57° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 64° 0"
Vail 40" 65° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 64° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 57" 54° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Snake 14.2cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 808.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 808.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III