Lower Blue (Green Mountain To Spring Creek)


This is a scenic section of the Blue that is good for beginner boaters at the right flows.  At flood flows or higher flows the rating steps up to a solid class III.  Rapids are mainly pool drop here but obstacles and possible wood/strainers would make swimming less than desireable.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Blue River are between a bare minimum of 300cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09057500, the Blue River Below Green Mountain Reservoir Remember only watercraft are permitted at Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Mini Canyon
Class II to III
All Day Wave
Class II- to III-
The Wall
Class II to III
Diversion Dams 1+2
Class II to II+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
916 cfs 3.2 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
138 cfs 3.6 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
19 cfs 5.6 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
113 cfs 1.5 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
24 cfs 1.3 ft
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
693 cfs 4.8 ft
Bemrose-Hoosier Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09044300
5 cfs 0.5 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
109 cfs 1.8 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
7 cfs 2.5 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
106 cfs 3.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 40" 65° 0"
Ski Cooper 29" 61° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 73° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 68° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 57.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Middle 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
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III