South Canyon To Riverbend (Tibbet's)


Splashy waves and a few holes to hit.  Crossing under the train tracks is the biggest hazard.  Stay close to the left column to avoid the downriver right column.  Some sharp metal on the columns.  Over 20,000 cfs it gets ugly, but still is runnable.  Dinosaur hole should be avoided, run right.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Colorado River are between a bare minimum of 1,200cfs and a high of 30,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09085100, the Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs Remember only watercraft are permitted at South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Dinosaur Hole
Class II to III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
460 cfs 2.4 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
165 cfs 3.1 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
213 cfs 4.8 ft
West Divide Creek Near Raven
USGS 09089500
17 cfs 1.8 ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Surface Creek Near Cedaredge
USGS 09143000
12 cfs 2.4 ft
White River Below Meeker
USGS 09304800
350 cfs 4.6 ft
Yampa River Above Elkhead Creek Near Hayden
USGS 09244490
482 cfs 2.1 ft
Colorado River Below Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085100
1,770 cfs 4.1 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
38" -2"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
53" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Battle Mountain
SNOTEL 317
6" -7"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
32" -2"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
25" -3"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 20" 49° 5.77"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
New Castle to Silt 1770.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III