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
Booth Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066200
4 cfs 3.2 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
12 cfs 2.6 ft
Michigan River Near Cameron Pass
USGS 06614800
0 cfs 2.4 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
457 cfs 3.3 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
5 cfs 4.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
113 cfs 1.5 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
40 cfs 0.9 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
167 cfs 1.5 ft
Gore Creek At Mouth
USGS 09066510
58 cfs 5.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
20" 5"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
29.46" -0.07"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
15" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
81" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
36.32" -0.38"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
29" 4"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Blacktail Creek 8 8,997 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Radium - Kremmling RMA - Rafting ramp None 6,867 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Gore Pass 12 9,554 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 853.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Two Bridges 739.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 221.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Pumphouse 739.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.2cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 36.4cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 221.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
State Bridge to Burns 739.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+