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
N.F. Gunnison R Blw Leroux Cr
USGS 09135950
73 cfs 7.7 ft
Gunnison River At Delta
USGS 09144250
485 cfs 1.5 ft
White River Above Coal Creek
USGS 09304200
360 cfs 2.1 ft
Yampa River Above Elkhead Creek Near Hayden
USGS 09244490
646 cfs 2.4 ft
Uncompahgre River At Delta
USGS 09149500
59 cfs 2.5 ft
Castle Creek At Aspen
USGS 09075400
43 cfs ft
East River Bl Cement Creek Nr Crested Butte
USGS 09112200
181 cfs 1.5 ft
Hubbard Creek At Highway 133 At Mouth Nr Bowie
USGS 09132960
2 cfs ft
Minnesota Creek Near Paonia
USGS 09134000
4 cfs ft
Yampa River Below Craig
USGS 09247600
648 cfs 2.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
29" 5"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.42" 2.55"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
0.32" 0"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
36.32" -0.38"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
23" 1"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
23" 1"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
39" 0"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
31" 2"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
18" 3"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
29.46" -0.07"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
27" 5"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
29" 4"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
14" 6"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
81" 1"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
57" 6"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
53" -1"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
26" 3"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
54" 2"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
53" 2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
45" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
17" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
47" 3"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
20" 5"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
32" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 18" 39° 3.62"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Cemetery 564.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 1310.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1310.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1880.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 1310.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1880.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
Bogan Canyon 138.0cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 564.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Avalanche Down 138.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1880.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 1310.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1880.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1880.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1980.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 1310.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
Catherine Store Section 304.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+