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
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Chicago Creek Blw Devils Canyon Nr Idaho Sprgs Co
USGS 06717400
-999 cfs -1,310.7 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
426 cfs 3.2 ft
Arkansas River Near Nathrop
USGS 07091200
260 cfs 3.7 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
228 cfs 2.7 ft
Arkansas River Near Wellsville
USGS 07093700
371 cfs 3.3 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
25 cfs 2.5 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.9 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
32 cfs 2.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
15.49" 0.11"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
5.11" 1.2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
25.47" 0.25"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
37" 5"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.87" 0.89"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" 6"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
19.16" 1"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
7.25" 1.18"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
estes park,co
SNOTEL ETSC2
1.8" 1.1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.25" 0.75"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.63" 0.95"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
10.71" 1.74"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" 3"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
32" 4"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.2" 0"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
14" 7"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
39" 5"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
44" 4"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
12.95" 1.67"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
49" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
41" 4"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
29" 2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.85" -0.25"
crestone,co
SNOTEL CSTC2
0.11" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
18.46" 0.28"
estes park 1.8 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-987
1.4" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" -1"
lake george 7.2 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-39
0.23" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
19" 5"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
11" 5"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.21" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" 1"
georgetown
SNOTEL GEOC2
3.7" 0.73"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
37" 3"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.62" 1.72"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 1"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
16.37" 0.29"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
0.91" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" 1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
38" 3"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
20.08" 0.08"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
7" 3"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 2"
great sand dunes natl mon
SNOTEL GSDC2
0.07" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 2"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
35" 3"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
28" 5"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.1" -0.23"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
estes park 3.3 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-247
1.36" 1.1"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
23" 4"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
38" 12"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
12.5" 0.36"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.64" 0.25"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
6.48" 1.21"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.3" 0"
grant
SNOTEL GRTC2
2.46" 0.06"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
50" 2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 2"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
30" 4"
crestone 5.3 sse, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-66
0.12" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
12" 6"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Copper Mountain Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Vail 37" 25° 1.54"
Keystone Resort 8" 22° 2.44"
Arapahoe Basin 43" 18° 1.92"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 43" 19° 0.28"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Silverthorne Town Run 24.8cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-