Oh Be Joyful


If you haven't heard of Oh Be Joyful (OBJ), then (a) let me welcome you to the world of kayaking or (b) please crawl out of the cave you've been living in the for past 20 years.  Oh Be Joyful has become so synonymous with creekboating, that it seems to bring out people to brave its massive features who normally don't even consider running class V creeks.  Perhaps it's the reputation for big and clean drops with easy moves that brings out the hordes.  Or perhaps the stunning location in the high alpine forests just outside of Crested Butte.  Or perhaps its the excellent camping adjacent to the run where you're sure to see a few familiar faces from the boating scene and meet a few new ones.  Or perhaps its the stunning clusters of wildflowers that tend to be in full bloom when the creeks are running.  Or perhaps its the abundant trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and dirt biking that make this excellent place to bring nonboating friends or make it a multisport weekend.  Most likely, it's all of the above.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Oh Be Joyful are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09114500, the Gunnison River Near Gunnison Remember only watercraft are permitted at Oh Be Joyful.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
18 cfs 0.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
233 cfs 4.8 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
14 cfs 2.7 ft
Fryingpan River Near Ruedi
USGS 09080400
49 cfs 1.0 ft
Cross Creek Near Minturn
USGS 09065100
48 cfs 4.3 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir
USGS 09109000
74 cfs 3.3 ft
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
29 cfs 1.8 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
8" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
1" 1"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
3" 0"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
1" 0"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
2" 1"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
2" 1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
1" 1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
1" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
1" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
2" 3"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
11" 3"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
2" 0"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
3" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
2" 0"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
3" 1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
10" 0"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
1" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
6" 5"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
4.66" 0.83"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
1" 0"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
4" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
2" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
12" 1"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
10" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Aspen Highlands -1" 54° 4.8"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 58° 6.4"
Buttermilk Mountain -1" 54° 4.8"
Snowmass -1" 54° 4.8"
Aspen Mountain 2" 56° 4.51"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 1" 54° 5.49"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Waterfall to Confluence 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Catherine Store Section 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Cemetery 564.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1030.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Castle Creek 117.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Oh Be Joyful 273.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Bogan Canyon 84.7cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Crystal Mill Falls 84.7cfs None Mi V- to V
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1030.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1030.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1640.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Barrel Springs 1030.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Avalanche Down 84.7cfs 12.0 Mi III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 564.0cfs 7.0 Mi II