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
North Fork Gunnison River Below Paonia
USGS 09134100
82 cfs 1.0 ft
Hubbard Creek Above Iron Point Gulch Nr Bowie
USGS 09132940
6 cfs ft
Roaring Fork River At Glenwood Springs
USGS 09085000
460 cfs 2.4 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
98 cfs 1.7 ft
Eagle River Below Gypsum
USGS 09070000
126 cfs 4.1 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
248 cfs 4.9 ft
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
109 cfs 7.8 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
113 cfs 3.1 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
33 cfs 2.4 ft
Surface Creek At Cedaredge
USGS 09143500
4 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
4" 0"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.06" 0"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
2" 0"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.78" 0.46"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
4" 1"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
0.47" 0.22"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
7" 0"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
6" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
23" 0"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
12" -1"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
7.02" 3.19"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
3" 0"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
4" 2"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
9" 0"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
7" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
11.25" 2.14"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
18" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
1" 0"
ouray .23 nnw, co
SNOTEL CO-OR-2
0.77" 0"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
14" -1"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
6" 0"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
17" 1"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
4.07" 3.6"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
2" -1"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
2" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
12" -2"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
0.47" 0.22"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
6" 0"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
17" 0"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
3.49" 2.71"

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 3" 47° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1190.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1190.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 887.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Avalanche Down 62.6cfs 12.0 Mi III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1190.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1190.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 887.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 887.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1190.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1190.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1190.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Cemetery 460.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 887.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 460.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1190.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1190.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 887.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Bogan Canyon 62.6cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
New Castle to Silt 1190.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Catherine Store Section 248.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+