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
11 cfs 3.8 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
1,380 cfs 4.1 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
20 cfs 8.5 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
17 cfs 0.8 ft
Tarryall Creek At Upper Station
USGS 06696980
30 cfs 5.6 ft
South Fork Of Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09035900
101 cfs 2.9 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
302 cfs 2.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
337 cfs 3.0 ft
Beaver Creek At Avon
USGS 09067000
40 cfs 2.6 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
4.73" -3.55"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Breckenridge Ski Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
Vail 40" 66° 3.91"
Ski Cooper 29" 59° 6.11"
Beaver Creek Resort 37" 74° 3.94"
Copper Mountain Resort 48" 62° 4.82"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 552.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Middle Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 42.4cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Gore Canyon 552.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 55.7cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 38.3cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Dowd Chute 150.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 250.0cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 179.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 60.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Lower (Bottom Four) 38.3cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 97.6cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Gore Creek 56.9cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
State Bridge to Burns 552.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+