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
Lake Fork Below Sugar Loaf Reservoir
USGS 07082500
4 cfs 0.3 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
-999 cfs -0.7 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
11 cfs 2.3 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 2.0 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
79 cfs 1.5 ft
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
5 cfs 3.7 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
43 cfs 5.0 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
3 cfs 0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
52" -2"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Railroad Bridge - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 8,039 ft
Cascade 22 9,033 ft
Horseshoe 19 10,538 ft
Angel of Shavano 20 9,147 ft
Fourmile 14 10,824 ft
Mount Princeton 19 8,618 ft
Kite Lake 5 12,043 ft
Weston Pass 14 10,277 ft
Ruby Mountain - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,651 ft
Buffalo Springs 18 9,187 ft
Ohaver Lake 35 9,218 ft
Chalk Lake 19 8,743 ft
Hecla Junction - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area None 7,415 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 35" 39° 6.43"
Vail 31" 41° 10.93"
Arapahoe Basin 53" 30° 9.61"
Keystone Resort 33" 43° 9.12"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Dowd Chute 67.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 15.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 53.9cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Snake 10.9cfs 4.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Silverthorne Town Run 36.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-