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
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
211 cfs 4.0 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
466 cfs 8.6 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
4 cfs 4.6 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
1 cfs 0.2 ft
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
134 cfs 3.2 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
167 cfs 1.5 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
48" 4"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
49" 4"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
20" 3"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
48" 2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
59" 6"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
20.91" 4.1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
33" 2"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
2.42" -0.32"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
36.92" 0.39"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
33" -1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
36" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
57" 6"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.88" -0.11"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
28" 1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
46" 1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
60" 5"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
17" 2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
1.28" -0.1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
23" 6"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
35" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
66" 1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.36" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
16.4" 0.01"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
26" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
49" 7"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
58" 3"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
24" 0"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
94" 4"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
39" 6"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
39" 3"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
26.53" 1.43"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
81" 1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
68" 0"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.4" 0.36"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
33" -3"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
17" 2"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
2.29" 2.25"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
0.37" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
1.31" -0.06"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Ski Cooper 33" 27° 10.52"
Copper Mountain Resort 29" 34° 10.28"
Beaver Creek Resort 18" 42° 6.58"
Vail 28" 31° 7.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper Ten Mile 42.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 37.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Pumphouse 739.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 246.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
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+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 65.5cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
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+
Middle Ten Mile 42.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 322.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 853.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Ten Mile 41.7cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
State Bridge to Burns 739.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
The Upper 16.9cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 134.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+