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
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
107 cfs 5.9 ft
Kerber Cr Abv Little Kerber Cr Nr Villa Grove
USGS 08224500
18 cfs 0.9 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
158 cfs 2.0 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
411 cfs 3.2 ft
Arkansas River At Salida
USGS 07091500
886 cfs 3.5 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
432 cfs 4.4 ft
Saguache Creek Near Saguache
USGS 08227000
122 cfs 2.0 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
14 cfs 3.3 ft
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re
USGS 06695000
299 cfs 2.0 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
42 cfs 3.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
3" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
1" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
6" -5"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 67° 0"
Vail -1" 64° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 0" 50° 0"
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
Keystone Resort -1" 59° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 0" 56° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 407.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 744.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 744.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Snake 144.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 744.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Salida to Rincon 744.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower (Bottom Four) 231.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 432.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 744.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Fractions 744.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Silverthorne Town Run 190.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Milk Run 744.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 744.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Salida Whitewater Park 744.0cfs None Mi III- to III+