Salida To Rincon


This is a good beginner to intermediate run.  This section of the Ark' is tamer compared to some of its upstream or downstream neighbor sections.  There are lots of put in and take out options as Highway 50 parallels the river.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 450cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salida to Rincon.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Monte Cristo Diversion Near Hoosier Pass
USGS 09041900
3 cfs 0.3 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
5 cfs 0.4 ft
East Fork Eagle River Near Climax
USGS 09061600
11 cfs 0.6 ft
Eagle River Near Minturn
USGS 09064600
170 cfs 3.7 ft
Pinos Creek Near Del Norte
USGS 08220500
13 cfs 0.9 ft
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
131 cfs 1.8 ft
Blue River At Blue River
USGS 09046490
35 cfs 1.0 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
85 cfs 3.3 ft
Lake Creek Above Twin Lakes Reservoir
USGS 07084500
274 cfs 3.5 ft
Eagle River At Red Cliff
USGS 09063000
57 cfs 3.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 29" 58° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salida to Rincon 183.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Salida Whitewater Park 183.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Numbers 183.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 183.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 183.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Fractions 183.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 808.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 808.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 183.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-