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
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
75 cfs 3.4 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
109 cfs 2.3 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents
USGS 09115500
29 cfs 1.0 ft
Arkansas River Below Empire Gulch Near Malta
USGS 07083710
85 cfs 3.0 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
11 cfs 4.2 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Arkansas River Near Leadville
USGS 07081200
19 cfs 4.5 ft
Clear Creek Abv West Fork Clear Creek Nr Empire Co
USGS 06715000
18 cfs 3.6 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
24 cfs 1.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
5" 0"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
8" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
11" -1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
11" -1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
7" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
33" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.16" -0.31"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
18" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
15" -1"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
3" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
16" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
1" 0"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
6" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
18" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
4.69" -1.08"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
4.91" -0.83"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
7" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.7" -1.41"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
4" 1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
19" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.04" -0.56"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
15" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" -1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
12" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
14" -1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
2.64" -1.23"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
26" 3"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
4" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
0.08" -0.99"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
9" 0"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
2" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
0.53" -1.33"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
18" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
14" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
16" -1"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 1"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 7" 44° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 7" 44° 0"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 8" 34° 0"
Arapahoe Basin 19" 30° 0.11"
Keystone Resort 9" 39° 0.06"
Vail 10" 39° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Salida to Rincon 148.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 148.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Snake 24.4cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Silverthorne Town Run 31.2cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 148.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 148.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-