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
Fryingpan River Near Thomasville
USGS 09078600
24 cfs 1.7 ft
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
273 cfs 1.9 ft
White River Near Meeker
USGS 09304500
312 cfs 2.6 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
200 cfs 2.0 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
40 cfs 1.5 ft
Piney River Near State Bridge
USGS 09059500
17 cfs 2.7 ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
8 cfs 0.3 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
98 cfs 1.9 ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
329 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
colona 4nw
SNOTEL CLNC2
0.05" -0.01"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
68" 1"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
1.32" 0.54"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
36" 0"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.98" -0.18"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
11.65" -0.12"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
33" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 0"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
23.11" -0.23"
silverton 0.3 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SJ-4
23.46" 0.16"
rifle 3.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-28
5.96" -0.04"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
44" 0"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
44.2" -0.32"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
49" 1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" 0"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
1.59" 0.1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" 0"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
74" 0"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.14" -0.12"
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
13.78" -0.14"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
23" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
55" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
44" 0"
Upper Taylor
SNOTEL 1141
37" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
52" 1"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
11.77" -0.15"
montrose 7.3 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-MT-31
2.82" -0.05"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.09" -0.13"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
40.42" -0.29"
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.44" -0.09"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
1.59" 0.1"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
9" -1"
Independence Pass
SNOTEL 542
37" -2"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
40" 0"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
23" 1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
43" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.23" 0.1"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
27" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
68" 1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Cochetopa Pass
SNOTEL 1059
10" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
13.84" -0.16"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.13" 0"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
30" 0"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
31" 0"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
45" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
56" -1"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
30" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
15.89" -0.15"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 30" 24° 1.03"
Snowmass 37" 19° 1.94"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 35" 16° 1.32"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Oh Be Joyful 217.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Waterfall to Confluence 264.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Bogan Canyon 54.5cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 264.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1080.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 54.5cfs None Mi V- to V
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Burns to Dotsero 531.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Avalanche Down 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1080.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 329.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Cemetery 329.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
New Castle to Silt 1080.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1080.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1080.0cfs 3.25 Mi II