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
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
17 cfs 4.9 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
8 cfs 4.7 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
29 cfs 1.3 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
25 cfs 1.2 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
13 cfs 0.6 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
1 cfs 4.1 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Blue River Near Dillon
USGS 09046600
46 cfs 4.5 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Wurtz Ditch Near Tenneessee Pass
USGS 09062500
-999 cfs -0.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
1" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
8" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
6" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 0"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
1" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
2" -2"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
1" -1"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
0.04" -1.56"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
0.65" -1.5"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
2" -1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
1" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
2" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
6" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
4" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
3" 0"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
3" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
3" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
4" -3"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
8" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
4" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
9" 1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
2" -2"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
4" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
2" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
4" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
1" -1"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
1" 0"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
1" -1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
1" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.03" -2.86"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
7" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
3.22" -0.96"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
1" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
6" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
4" -2"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
13" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
2" -1"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
1" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
3" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
5" -2"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
4" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Davis Springs 7 7,984 ft
Elliott Creek 15 8,018 ft
Prairie Point 33 8,002 ft
Cataract Creek 5 8,578 ft
Tigiwon 9 9,994 ft
Camp Hale Memorial 21 9,318 ft
Gore Creek 25 8,720 ft
Hornsilver 7 8,843 ft
Gold Park 11 9,246 ft
Williams Fork Reservoir - SWA 24 7,848 ft
Halfmoon 7 10,294 ft
Willows 35 7,973 ft
Blodgett 6 8,836 ft
Mcdonald Flats 13 7,955 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper -182" 43° 0.62"
Breckenridge Ski Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Copper Mountain Resort -1" 51° 1.39"
Beaver Creek Resort 1" 57° 2.16"
Vail 1" 48° 1.91"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV
Lower (Bottom Four) 19.2cfs 1.0 Mi V to V+
Upper Blue (Blue River CG to Columbine Landing) 124.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 352.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 352.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Gore Canyon 650.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV to V+
The Upper 19.2cfs 8.0 Mi V to V+
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 352.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Pumphouse 650.0cfs 14.0 Mi II- to III+
Upper-Upper Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi III+ to IV-
Silverthorne Town Run 45.6cfs 0.5 Mi II to III-
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
State Bridge to Burns 650.0cfs 20.0 Mi I to II+
Lower Eagle (Edwards Water Plant to Eagle) 72.7cfs 17.0 Mi III- to III+
Breckenridge Whitewater Park (Town Run) 124.0cfs 0.25 Mi II+ to III
Lower Blue (Green Mountain to Spring Creek) 352.0cfs 3.8 Mi II+ to III
Dowd Chute 31.6cfs 1.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III
Lower Ten Mile 29.9cfs 3.0 Mi II to III
Upper Gore Creek 18.8cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III