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
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
19 cfs 3.9 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
111 cfs 5.3 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
447 cfs 4.9 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs -0.2 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
74 cfs 2.8 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
146 cfs 1.7 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
205 cfs 2.5 ft
Illinois Creek Near Rand
USGS 06617500
11 cfs 1.3 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
36 cfs 1.3 ft
Black Gore Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09066000
11 cfs 2.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 182" 58° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 67° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 76° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
Vail -1" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
State Bridge to Burns 590.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Silverthorne Town Run 190.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 515.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 432.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 1100.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 231.0cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower (Bottom Four) 231.0cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 137.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 590.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Ten Mile 152.0cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 244.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 590.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 407.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 152.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V