Dowd Chute


The after work special for Eagle County boaters, Dowd Chute serves up sweet class IV play in a neat little 1 mile package. At lower flows Dowd has great eddy hoping down through, with a mini-pool drop feel. As level rise it becomes continuous waves and holes. Combine it with the Upper Eagle and take out at Avon, or run laps from RiverBend bus stop to the USFS access just south of I-70 towards Minturn. Dowd can also be accessed from Gore Creek from Intermountain or above through Vail. When coming from Vail lookout for the railroad bridge which is water level at higher flows.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Eagle River are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 6,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09064600, the Eagle River Near Minturn Remember only watercraft are permitted at Dowd Chute.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
147 cfs 4.2 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
16 cfs 6.1 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
16 cfs 4.2 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
-999 cfs -0.4 ft
Elk Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09025300
0 cfs 4.6 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
13 cfs 2.6 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
3 cfs 1.9 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
264 cfs 4.9 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
17 cfs 1.4 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
4 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.98" -0.18"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
12" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
27" 1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
36" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" -0.2"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
44.2" -0.32"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 0"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.59" 0.1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
10" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
32" -124"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.93" 0.14"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
50" 2"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.91" -0.1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
49" 2"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.59" 0.1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
71" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
10" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
74" 0"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.36" 0.29"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 0"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.46" -0.24"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
18" 1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.03" -0.22"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
49" 1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
18.8" -0.24"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
38" 2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.04" -0.11"
la garita 5.6 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-11
1.66" 0.35"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
28" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
37" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
40.42" -0.29"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.48" -0.24"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -1"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
34" -1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.35" -0.15"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
51" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
37" -2"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.36" -0.04"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.18" -0.23"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" -1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
68" 1"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
53" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
43" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.6" -0.24"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
68" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.76" 0.06"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Blacktail Creek 8 8,997 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Gore Pass 12 9,554 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Radium - Kremmling RMA - Rafting ramp None 6,867 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Beaver Creek Resort 32" 24° 1.27"
Copper Mountain Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Vail 38" 16° 1.35"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Pumphouse 447.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Two Bridges 447.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Gore Canyon 447.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 242.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
State Bridge to Burns 447.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III