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
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Arkansas River At Granite
USGS 07086000
109 cfs 2.3 ft
Williams Fork Near Leal
USGS 09036000
19 cfs 1.5 ft
Laramie River Near Glendevey
USGS 06657500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
81 cfs 1.4 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
8 cfs 2.5 ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
32 cfs 4.4 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
21 cfs 0.5 ft
Lincoln Creek Bl Grizzly Reservoir
USGS 09073005
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
48 cfs 4.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
3.62" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
21" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
17" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
17" 1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
10" -1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
6" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
23" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
6" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.78" 0.46"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 2"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
7.01" 6.4"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
27" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
16" 1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
1.48" 0"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
20" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
16" -1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
13" 0"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
2.18" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
12" -1"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
3" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -2"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
11" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
20" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
24" -4"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
15" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
6" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
11" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
17" 1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
4.06" 3.01"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
19" 0"
bonanza 6.6 s, co
SNOTEL CO-SA-61
1.17" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
11" 1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
8" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
19" 1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
6.32" 2.61"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.93" 0.69"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
3.13" 1.62"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
15" 0"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
2" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
12" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
11" 0"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
5" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
1.34" 0.96"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
21" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
35" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
5" 1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.68" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
6" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
9" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
4.92" 1.84"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
3.49" 2.71"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.75" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
6" 0"
south platte river
SNOTEL ANTC2
1.57" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
20" 0"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
9" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Vail 10" 39° 0"
Ski Cooper 1" 40° 0"
Beaver Creek Resort 2" 49° 0"
Copper Mountain Resort 7" 42° 0"
Breckenridge Ski Resort 7" 42° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lower (Bottom Four) 68.8cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Silverthorne Town Run 32.0cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Middle Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Dowd Chute 53.0cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Lower Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Pumphouse 420.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 81.4cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 420.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
The Upper 68.8cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Gore Creek 15.7cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
State Bridge to Burns 420.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 66.4cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Upper Ten Mile 24.5cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 109.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 162.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III