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
Surface Creek At Cedaredge
USGS 09143500
3 cfs 0.7 ft
Gunnison River At Delta
USGS 09144250
522 cfs 1.5 ft
Muddy Creek At Bardine
USGS 09131500
53 cfs 4.0 ft
Yampa River Below Craig
USGS 09247600
180 cfs 1.5 ft
Taylor River At Almont
USGS 09110000
98 cfs 1.9 ft
White River Below North Elk Creek Near Buford
USGS 09304115
207 cfs 2.0 ft
Roaring Fork River Near Emma
USGS 09081000
254 cfs 4.9 ft
Surface Creek Near Cedaredge
USGS 09143000
9 cfs 2.3 ft
North Fk Gunnison River Above Mouth Nr Lazear
USGS 09136100
95 cfs 3.2 ft
White River Near Meeker
USGS 09304500
288 cfs 2.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
cedaredge 1.3 e, co
SNOTEL CO-DL-54
1.91" -0.05"
hayden coop
SNOTEL HAYC2
13.95" -0.19"
cimarron 8nw ham
SNOTEL CKDC2
2.21" -0.02"
Ripple Creek
SNOTEL 717
57" -2"
glenwood springs 7.0 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-67
12.18" -0.16"
Idarado
SNOTEL 538
24" 0"
Bison Lake
SNOTEL 345
54" -1"
gunnison 3wsw
SNOTEL GUXC2
2.21" -0.02"
cedaredge 3e
SNOTEL CEDC2
2.24" -0.07"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
creede 0.2 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-MN-4
0.26" -0.36"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -2"
carbondale 4.6 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-49
9.5" -0.15"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" -2"
gunnison coop
SNOTEL GUNC2
0.07" -0.02"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
22" 0"
Overland Res.
SNOTEL 675
31" 0"
Butte
SNOTEL 380
35" 0"
Mc Clure Pass
SNOTEL 618
30" 0"
crested butte coop
SNOTEL CBUC2
25.22" -0.34"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.07" -0.27"
glenwood springs .64 s, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-1
10.8" -0.08"
Divide Peak
SNOTEL 449
32" 0"
North Lost Trail
SNOTEL 669
43" 1"
rifle 3.2 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-GF-28
5.2" -0.04"
Trapper Lake
SNOTEL 827
6" 0"
Burro Mountain
SNOTEL 378
30" 1"
gothic
SNOTEL GTHC2
46.42" -0.67"
crested butte 6.2 n, co
SNOTEL CO-GN-18
46.22" -0.61"
Crosho
SNOTEL 426
39" -1"
collbran 2sw
SNOTEL CBRC2
8.05" -0.09"
Park Reservoir
SNOTEL 682
67" 1"
colona 4nw
SNOTEL CLNC2
0.87" -0.06"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
12.6" -0.23"
Mineral Creek
SNOTEL 629
22" 2"
Slumgullion
SNOTEL 762
24" 0"
Sandstone Rs
SNOTEL 732
30" -1"
Red Mountain Pass
SNOTEL 713
43" 0"
Wager Gulch
SNOTEL 1188
13" 0"
montrose 7.3 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-MT-31
2.66" -0.12"
carbondale 5.9 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-51
13.14" -0.19"
Mesa Lakes
SNOTEL 622
41" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
42" -1"
Schofield Pass
SNOTEL 737
77" -1"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
67" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
East Marvine 7 8,114 ft
Meadow Lake 10 9,574 ft
Marvine 22 8,164 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sunlight Mountain Resort 30" 38° 2.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Bogan Canyon 62.6cfs 6.85 Mi III to III+
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1260.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1260.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Cemetery 365.0cfs 12.0 Mi II+ to III+
Catherine Store Section 230.0cfs 4.0 Mi II to II+
Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park 1260.0cfs 0.25 Mi II to IV-
Two Rivers to South Canyon 1260.0cfs 5.0 Mi II+ to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1260.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1260.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Barrel Springs 531.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV+ to V+
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1260.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Avalanche Down 62.6cfs 12.0 Mi III
Carbondale to Westbank (Pink to Black) 365.0cfs 7.0 Mi II
Riverbend (Tibbet's) to New Castle 1260.0cfs 3.25 Mi II
Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park 531.0cfs 6.0 Mi II to III
New Castle to Silt 1260.0cfs 7.6 Mi II
South Canyon to Riverbend (Tibbet's) 1260.0cfs 3.5 Mi II to III
Shoshone (Power Plant to Grizzly Creek) 531.0cfs 1.7 Mi III- to IV