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
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
0 cfs -0.2 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
8 cfs 2.5 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
21 cfs 5.6 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Aspen
USGS 09073400
46 cfs 1.0 ft
Eagle R Bl Wastewater Treatment Plant At Avon
USGS 09067020
1,100 cfs 5.7 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
67 cfs 2.1 ft
Gore Creek Abv Red Sandstone Creek At Vail
USGS 09066325
99 cfs 5.9 ft
Piney River Below Piney Lake
USGS 09058500
14 cfs 3.3 ft
Tenmile Creek Bl North Tenmile C
USGS 09050100
152 cfs 2.6 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
20 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
182" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
1" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
189" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

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