A challenging run that's a favorite for the seasoned class V boater.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Saint Vrain, North Fork (North Saint Vrain) are between a bare minimum of 250cfs and a high of 600cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06724000, the St. Vrain Creek At Lyons Remember only watercraft are permitted at NSV.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Fall River Near Idaho Springs
USGS 06717000
19 cfs 4.1 ft
Trout Creek Blw Fern Cr Nr Westcreek
USGS 06701620
1 cfs 3.8 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Bear Creek At Mouth
USGS 06711500
9 cfs 2.3 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.9 ft
Bear Creek Above Bear Creek Lake Near Morrison
USGS 06710605
8 cfs 3.7 ft
N Frk Cache La Poudre R Blw Halligan Res Nr V Dal
USGS 06751150
66 cfs 2.7 ft
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
19 cfs 0.6 ft
Left Hand Creek Near Boulder
USGS 06724500
10 cfs 0.4 ft
Big Dry Creek At Westminster
USGS 06720820
1 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Willow Creek Pass
1" 1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
1" 1"
Stillwater Creek
1" 1"
Crow Creek
1" 1"
Hoosier Pass
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
1" 1"
6" 0"
Black Mountain
1" 1"
Never Summer
1" 0"
Echo Lake
1" 0"
Lake Irene
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Echo Mountain Park 1" 61° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) -1" 65° 0"
Eldora Mountain Resort -1" 66° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
NSV 17.4cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Middle Narrows 76.7cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 76.7cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper Clear Creek 74.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 26.6cfs None Mi V+
Spencer Heights 76.7cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V
Rustic (Upper) 76.7cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Upper Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Main Section 7.98cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Golden Whitewater Park 2.85cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Upper North Fork 66.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 74.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Boulder Canyon 13.7cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Lower Narrows 76.7cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 2.85cfs None Mi II to III+
Gnar Section 588.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
October Hole 17.4cfs None Mi II
Lower North Fork 76.7cfs 11.0 Mi III
Idledale to Morrison 8.83cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 17.4cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Big South 44.0cfs 12.0 Mi V to V+