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
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
44 cfs 1.0 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Colorado River Below Lake Granby
USGS 09019000
21 cfs 3.2 ft
Michigan River Near Cameron Pass
USGS 06614800
0 cfs 2.4 ft
Muddy Crk Blw Wolford Mtn Reser. Nr Kremmling
USGS 09041400
60 cfs 4.5 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
6 cfs 2.8 ft
Fryingpan River At Meredith
USGS 09080100
462 cfs 3.3 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
16 cfs 2.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
19" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Copper Mountain Resort 32" 48° 8.08"
Beaver Creek Resort 22" 53° 9.58"
Vail 31" 41° 10.93"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Silverthorne Town Run 36.5cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Gore Canyon 701.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 701.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 53.9cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 57.6cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower (Bottom Four) 16.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 67.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 256.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 144.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Pumphouse 701.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 265.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Middle Ten Mile 40.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
The Upper 16.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+