Shoshone (Power Plant To Grizzly Creek)


A solid and fun Class III section with good river access and a paved bike path along the river for hiking rapids to hit over and over again.  Maneater rapid about half way down is a good spot to hike and hit numerous times.  Watch out for commercial rafting traffic which can be heavy during the weekends of July and early August.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 10,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09070500, the Colorado River Near Dotsero Remember only watercraft are permitted at Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
China Wall
Class III to IV
Maneater
Class III
Tombstone
Class III
All Day Wave
Class I

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
48 cfs 0.7 ft
Smith Fork Near Lazear
USGS 09129600
0 cfs 4.4 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
318 cfs 2.3 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
73 cfs 7.7 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
212 cfs 4.3 ft
Surface Creek Near Cedaredge
USGS 09143000
9 cfs 2.4 ft
Colorado River Near Dotsero
USGS 09070500
1,310 cfs 2.7 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
167 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
20" 5"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" 5"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
0.32" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
18" 3"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
81" 1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
38" 4"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
57" 6"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
14" 1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
71" 4"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
32" 1"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
29" 4"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
40" 4"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" 2"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
36.32" -0.38"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
23" 1"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
14" 6"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
24" 3"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
27" 5"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 3"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
40" 8"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
39" 0"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
31" 9"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
91" 12"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
29.46" -0.07"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
30" 1"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
25" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 23" 34° 4.22"
Snowmass 25" 35° 4.78"
Sunlight Mountain Resort 18" 39° 3.62"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Barrel Springs 1310.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Crystal Mill Falls 138.0cfs None Mi V- to V
Burns to Dotsero 1310.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 138.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Barrel Springs 1310.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Cemetery 564.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Oh Be Joyful 415.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1880.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1980.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Waterfall to Confluence 257.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
New Castle to Silt 1880.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1310.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1310.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1310.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1880.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 564.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1880.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Catherine Store Section 304.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 138.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III