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
East River At Almont Co.
USGS 09112500
133 cfs 2.9 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
281 cfs 2.0 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
53 cfs 2.4 ft
Fish Cr At Upper Sta Nr Steamboat Springs
USGS 09238900
12 cfs 0.6 ft
Hunter Creek Near Aspen
USGS 09074000
8 cfs 1.1 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Near Somerset
USGS 09132500
252 cfs 2.0 ft
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
12 cfs 0.4 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
216 cfs 4.4 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
76 cfs 2.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Sweetwater Lake 9 7,739 ft
McClure 8 8,187 ft
Supply Basin 7 10,767 ft
Trappers Lake 35 9,747 ft
Coffee Pot Spring 10 10,084 ft
Himes Peak 11 8,794 ft
Bogan Flats 36 7,609 ft
White Owl 6 10,705 ft
Avalanche 13 7,320 ft
Redstone 17 7,299 ft
Deep Lake 35 10,475 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 22" 73° 0"
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 25" 73° 0"
Snowmass 30" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1350.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1380.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 1350.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
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
Bogan Canyon 152.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 2290.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Waterfall to Confluence 401.0cfs 1.0 Mi V-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1380.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 2290.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Cemetery 901.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Burns to Dotsero 1350.0cfs 29.0 Mi I to IV
Catherine Store Section 401.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Two Rivers to South Canyon 2290.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Oh Be Joyful 653.0cfs 1.0 Mi V
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 152.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 2290.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 901.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Crystal Mill Falls 310.0cfs None Mi V- to V