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
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
16 cfs 3.2 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
1,290 cfs 2.7 ft
Tomichi Creek At Gunnison
USGS 09119000
123 cfs 1.5 ft
Ohio Creek Above Mouth Nr Gunnison
USGS 09113980
16 cfs 3.0 ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
202 cfs 1.6 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
267 cfs 2.0 ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
0 cfs 3.2 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park
USGS 09107000
79 cfs 1.5 ft
Crystal River Ab Avalanche C
USGS 09081600
142 cfs 1.1 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
22 cfs 0.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Vallecito
SNOTEL 843
32" -2"
Wolf Creek Summit
SNOTEL 874
74" -1"
Weminuche Creek
SNOTEL 1160
34" -3"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Upper San Juan
SNOTEL 840
60" -1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
30" -1"
Beartown
SNOTEL 327
45" 0"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Middle Creek
SNOTEL 624
47" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Upper Rio Grande
SNOTEL 839
3" -3"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
pagosa springs 9.1 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-1
7.11" -1.26"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Stump Lakes
SNOTEL 797
39" -1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Stevens Creek - Curecanti Recreation Area 54 7,540 ft
Dry Gulch - Curecanti Area 10 7,583 ft
Palisades Senior RV Park 59 7,680 ft
Gothic 4 9,657 ft
Lake Irwin 32 10,400 ft
Silver Queen 6 8,682 ft
Elk Creek - Curecanti Area 160 7,575 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 26" 42° 10.75"
Snowmass 30" 45° 11.69"
Buttermilk Mountain 30" 45° 11.69"
Aspen Mountain 39" 45° 11.37"
Aspen Highlands 30" 45° 11.69"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Oh Be Joyful 435.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Castle Creek 140.0cfs 2.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 142.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Waterfall to Confluence 213.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II