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
Gunnison River At Delta
USGS 09144250
529 cfs 1.5 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
162 cfs 1.5 ft
Big Creek At Upper Station
USGS 09099500
15 cfs 1.3 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
323 cfs 2.5 ft
Elkhead Creek Near Craig
USGS 09246500
5 cfs 1.7 ft
Uncompahgre River At Delta
USGS 09149500
168 cfs 3.0 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
165 cfs 3.1 ft
E Fork Terror Cr Blw Cottonwood Stomp Nr Bowie
USGS 09132985
0 cfs ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
202 cfs 1.6 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
213 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
33.42" -1.14"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
32" -2"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
53" -1"
Battle Mountain
SNOTEL 317
6" -7"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" -1"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
37" -1"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
25" -3"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
20" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
57" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
34" -1"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
26" -2"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
22" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
53" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
18" -50"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
26" 0"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
12" -1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
38.7" -0.41"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" -2"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
27" -2"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
18" -2"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
54" -2"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
38" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 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
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1770.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1290.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1770.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1770.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Bogan Canyon 142.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1290.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1770.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Avalanche Down 142.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Barrel Springs 1290.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Catherine Store Section 213.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1770.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-