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
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
360 cfs 2.1 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
Lake Creek Near Edwards
USGS 09067200
153 cfs 1.5 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
324 cfs 2.1 ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
36 cfs 3.9 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
425 cfs 2.3 ft
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
349 cfs 3.5 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
826 cfs 6.2 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
552 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 69° 0"
Snowmass 30" 63° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 64° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Burns to Dotsero 1870.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 2290.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
New Castle to Silt 2290.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Barrel Springs 1870.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
Barrel Springs 1870.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Avalanche Down 528.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2290.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 528.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+