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
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
3 cfs 2.0 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
3 cfs 1.9 ft
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
1 cfs 0.3 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
406 cfs 8.5 ft
Gore Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09065500
3 cfs 2.1 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
6 cfs 4.6 ft
Middle Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066300
0 cfs 1.9 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
33 cfs 1.6 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
1 cfs 0.1 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs 0.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
1" 1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
1" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
1" 1"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
1" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
1" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" 1"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
1" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
1" 1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
6" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
1" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
11" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 0" 58° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 64° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 64° 0"
Vail 1" 63° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 0" 71° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 103.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 159.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Middle 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
Gore Canyon 646.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
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
Silverthorne Town Run 39.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Upper Gore Creek 12.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Pumphouse 646.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 84.2cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 25.4cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Dowd Chute 50.4cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
State Bridge to Burns 646.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
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