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
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
7 cfs 8.3 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
17 cfs 2.7 ft
Cabin Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032100
2 cfs 1.6 ft
Straight Cr Blw Laskey Gulch Nr Dillon
USGS 09051050
4 cfs 4.1 ft
Williams Fork Near Parshall
USGS 09037500
197 cfs 2.9 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
8 cfs 2.3 ft
Keystone Gulch Near Dillon
USGS 09047700
2 cfs 2.0 ft
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
447 cfs 4.0 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
2 cfs 0.2 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
-999 cfs 5.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
35" 3"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
59" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
37" 3"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
39" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
67" -1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
27" 0"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
21.04" -0.11"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
27" 1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
16.35" -0.15"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
37" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
11" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
19.18" -0.23"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
18.8" -0.24"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
14" 2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
38" 0"
nathrop 3.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-19
0.93" 0.14"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.8" -0.15"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
71" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
31" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
42" -1"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.46" -0.24"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
23.03" -0.22"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
40" 2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
43" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
25.48" -0.24"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
49" 0"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
36" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
29" 3"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
42" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
25" -1"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
0.36" -0.04"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" 2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
18.59" -0.21"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
48" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
52" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
31" -1"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
29" 1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
59" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
68" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" 0"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.77" -0.2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" 1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
36" 1"
nathrop 1.9 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-CF-54
0.76" 0.06"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
50" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.32" -0.59"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
38" 1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
26" 1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
51" 0"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
42" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
56" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
37" 0"
saguache 0.4 e, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-59
0.64" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -1"
buena vista,co
SNOTEL BNVC2
1.36" 0.29"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.54" -0.17"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
32" 2"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
0.91" -0.1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
50" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
42" -3"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 1" 19° 1.33"
Copper Mountain Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Vail 38" 16° 1.35"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 37" 17° 1.84"
Beaver Creek Resort 32" 24° 1.27"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gore Canyon 447.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 121.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Middle Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 242.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 65.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
The Upper 121.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Silverthorne Town Run 23.3cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 31.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
State Bridge to Burns 447.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Pumphouse 447.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 167.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 68.8cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III