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
Colorado River Near Kremmling
USGS 09058000
701 cfs 4.7 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
19 cfs 1.4 ft
Halfmoon Creek Near Malta
USGS 07083000
325 cfs 4.5 ft
St. Louis Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09026500
6 cfs 1.3 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
162 cfs 1.8 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
11 cfs 1.0 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
21 cfs 1.1 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
56 cfs 2.1 ft
Leavenworth Creek @ Mouth Nr Georgetown
USGS 06714800
2 cfs 3.4 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
162 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
19" -2"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

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