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
Yampa River Below Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237500
26 cfs 2.4 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
9 cfs 2.5 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
54 cfs 1.0 ft
Roaring Fork River Ab Difficult C Nr Aspen
USGS 09073300
21 cfs 1.1 ft
Surface Creek Near Cedaredge
USGS 09143000
11 cfs 2.4 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
71 cfs 2.8 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
24 cfs 2.1 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
6 cfs 0.3 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
120 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
10" 0"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
3" 1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowmass 1" 59° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 0" 62° 0"
Sunlight Mountain Resort -1" 67° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Barrel Springs 928.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 928.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 380.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 572.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 57.1cfs None Mi V- to V
Oh Be Joyful 175.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Bogan Canyon 57.1cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1660.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Waterfall to Confluence 380.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Avalanche Down 57.1cfs 12.0 Mi III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1660.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1660.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Cemetery 572.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Burns to Dotsero 928.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 928.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1660.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Barrel Springs 928.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1660.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1660.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 928.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV