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
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
4 cfs 2.7 ft
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
14 cfs 4.7 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
33 cfs 3.2 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
1 cfs 4.1 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
4 cfs 0.4 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
21 cfs 0.3 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
8 cfs 0.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
32" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 1"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
24.45" 0.85"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
43" 6"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
37" 2"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
19" 5"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.25" 0.75"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
37" 3"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
19.16" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 2"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
49" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
28" 3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
30" 1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
15.49" 0.11"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.69" 0.24"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
67" -1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
35" 3"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.85" -0.25"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" 1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.28" -0.02"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
11" 5"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" 1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
45" 5"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
49" -1"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
7" 3"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
18.46" 0.28"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" 3"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
25.47" 0.25"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
20" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
41" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
41.05" -0.13"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
45.15" -0.23"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.2" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 2"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.1" -0.23"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
14.54" 0.06"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
41" 4"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
46" 1"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.21" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 3"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.28" -0.02"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 2"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
0.91" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.87" 0.89"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
44" 4"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.47" -0.14"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
52" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
7.63" 0.95"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
44" 1"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
12.5" 0.36"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
77" 3"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
72" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
20.08" 0.08"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
52" 2"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
32" 4"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.3" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
16.37" 0.29"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
88" 3"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
26.59" -0.24"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
40" 5"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
12" 6"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.64" 0.25"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
40" 5"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Radium - Kremmling RMA - Rafting ramp None 6,867 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Gore Pass 12 9,554 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Blacktail Creek 8 8,997 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 36" 28° 1.32"
Vail 37" 25° 1.54"
Beaver Creek Resort 30" 32° 1.29"
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gore Canyon 506.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 197.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 197.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 148.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 506.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 148.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 506.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Fractions 148.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 197.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Milk Run 148.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 197.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 148.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Pumphouse 506.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 228.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+