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
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
27 cfs 0.9 ft
Walton Creek Near Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238500
86 cfs 1.1 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
376 cfs 2.1 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
16 cfs 2.3 ft
Williams Fork Below Steelman Creek
USGS 09035500
4 cfs 3.0 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
113 cfs 2.4 ft
Fraser River Blw Crooked Cr At Tabernash Co
USGS 09033300
138 cfs 3.6 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
49 cfs 8.2 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
149 cfs 1.7 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
42 cfs 3.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Radium - Kremmling RMA - Rafting ramp None 6,867 ft
Blacktail Creek 8 8,997 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Gore Pass 12 9,554 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 68° 0"
Vail 40" 65° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 73° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 61° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 12.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 730.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
State Bridge to Two Bridges 552.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III