Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge To Salida Ww Park)


If you are looking for a longer run that ends in some of the best play waves in the country then this is for you.  This section has some rapids and flatwater above the town that is good for beginners to lose their training wheels.  See the Salida Whitewater Park on the river listings for info about that.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Arkansas River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 4,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 07087050, the Arkansas River Below Granite Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Squaw Creek Rapid
Class II+ to III
Shavano Hatchery low-head dam
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Twin-Lakes Tunnel At E Portl
USGS 09073000
12 cfs 0.4 ft
North Crestone Creek Near Crestone
USGS 08227500
8 cfs 0.9 ft
Ef Arkansas R At Us Hiway 24
USGS 07079300
13 cfs 2.6 ft
South Fork Rio Grande At South Fork
USGS 08219500
281 cfs 2.7 ft
Carnero Creek Near La Garita
USGS 08230500
18 cfs 2.4 ft
North Fork Fryingpan River Near Norrie
USGS 09078500
6 cfs 2.3 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir
USGS 07086500
-999 cfs -1.2 ft
Columbine Ditch Near Fremont Pass
USGS 09061500
-999 cfs -3.5 ft
Homestake Creek At Gold Park
USGS 09064000
5 cfs 4.0 ft
Ewing Ditch At Tennessee Pass
USGS 09062000
-999 cfs -0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
34" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Porphyry Creek
SNOTEL 701
35" -2"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Sargents Mesa
SNOTEL 1128
39" -1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
39" -1"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Rough And Tumble
SNOTEL 939
28" -1"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Lily Pond
SNOTEL 580
28" -2"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Brumley
SNOTEL 369
35" -1"
San Antonio Sink
SNOTEL 1172
2" -2"
Grayback
SNOTEL 1058
12" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Cumbres Trestle
SNOTEL 431
52" -2"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"
Moon Pass
SNOTEL 1124
20" 0"
Park Cone
SNOTEL 680
27" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Chamita
SNOTEL 394
7" -2"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
pitkin 1.1 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-59
2.17" -1.29"
Saint Elmo
SNOTEL 1100
25" -1"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
9" -2"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Cooper 28" 42° 9.32"
Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area 35" 39° 6.43"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Clear Creek of the Arkansas 15.0cfs 2.5 Mi IV+ to V-
Pine Creek (Granite to Numbers) 233.0cfs 6.0 Mi III+ to V-
Salida Whitewater Park 233.0cfs None Mi III- to III+
Browns Canyon (Fisherman's Bridge to Stone Bridge) 233.0cfs 13.0 Mi III to IV-
Fractions 233.0cfs 7.0 Mi III to III+
Salida Town Run (Stone Bridge to Salida WW Park) 233.0cfs 12.0 Mi II to III
Salida to Rincon 233.0cfs 10.0 Mi II+ to III
Numbers 233.0cfs 4.9 Mi III+ to IV+
Buena Vista Whitewater Park 233.0cfs 1.0 Mi II+ to III+
Milk Run 233.0cfs 4.0 Mi II+ to III-