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
Missouri Creek Near Gold Park
USGS 09063900
1 cfs 1.3 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
40 cfs 2.1 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
7 cfs 5.0 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
3 cfs 2.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
21 cfs 1.1 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
11 cfs 2.9 ft
Walton Creek Near Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238500
5 cfs 0.4 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
48 cfs 4.1 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
35 cfs 4.4 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
928 cfs 2.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lakeview - Twin Lakes 27 9,511 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Gore Pass 12 9,554 ft
Mayqueen 27 9,884 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Father Dyer 26 9,953 ft
Belle of Colorado 19 9,924 ft
Silver Dollar 43 9,905 ft
Halfmoon West 16 9,932 ft
Blacktail Creek 8 8,997 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Halfmoon East 6 9,923 ft
Tabor 44 9,897 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Matchless 17 9,903 ft
Molly Brown 49 9,897 ft
Pumphouse 14 7,491 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Baby Doe 50 9,913 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Elbert Creek 17 10,095 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Radium - Kremmling RMA - Rafting ramp None 6,867 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Numbers 130.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Milk Run 130.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
State Bridge to Two Bridges 646.0cfs 4.8 Mi I to II+
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 11.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
State Bridge to Burns 646.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Middle Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Gore Canyon 646.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Fractions 130.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 130.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 130.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 646.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III