Ssv - Confluence To Picnic Grounds


READ THIS FIRST: SSV was heavily impacted by the Colorado floods of 2013.  The entire riverbed was rearranged in many sections. The banks are very unstable in some sections, and rapids are expected to shift as the water levels come back up.  Scout carefully and often!  2016 update: Most people are running the section from the narrows through 1 in 5 as it's currently the cleanest and least hazard free.  The main section as it's described in the Rapids section has been largely damaged and is full of hazards and marginal lines.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Saint Vrain, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 200cfs and a high of 400cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06724000, the St. Vrain Creek At Lyons Remember only watercraft are permitted at SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
35 cfs 0.7 ft
Berthoud Pass Ditch At Berthoud Pass
USGS 09021500
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
Cache La Poudre River At Fort Collins
USGS 06752260
49 cfs 1.1 ft
Clear Creek Near Lawson
USGS 06716500
26 cfs 2.5 ft
South Platte River Above Cheesman Lake
USGS 06700000
107 cfs 5.1 ft
South St. Vrain Creek Near Ward
USGS 06722500
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Cherry Creek Below Cherry Creek Lake
USGS 06713000
27 cfs 4.6 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
1 cfs 4.4 ft
Crow Creek At 19Th Street
USGS 06755960
3 cfs 1.6 ft
South Clear Creek Abv Lower Cabin Creek Reservoir
USGS 06714400
2 cfs 5.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fcl 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-391
2.38" -0.15"
fort collins 3.7 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-885
0.99" -0.27"
longmont 3.0 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-435
0.33" -0.11"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.72" -0.63"
nederland 4.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-110
3.78" -0.55"
longmont 2.1 n, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-143
1.56" -0.02"
fcl 3.0 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-284
1.61" -0.1"
nederland 3.7 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-296
2.08" -0.44"
conifer 5.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-222
1.13" -0.4"
fort collins 9.6 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-630
1.66" -0.04"
loveland 3.0 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-104
1.8" -0.25"
fort collins 0.9 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-849
1.76" -0.12"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
42" -1"
fort collins 3.9 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-112
4.46" -0.09"
niwot 2.3 w, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-248
1.12" -0.11"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
7" 0"
fcl 2.55 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-340
0.69" -0.3"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
46" -1"
Copeland Lake
SNOTEL 412
19" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
36" 0"
fort collins
SNOTEL FORC2
1.74" -0.16"
lov 3.4 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-472
2.61" -0.05"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.1" -0.36"
cheesman
SNOTEL CHEC2
0.01" -1.41"
fort collins 1.2 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1137
1.52" -0.14"
fcl 5.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-393
1.28" -0.07"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
43" -1"
laramie 1se
SNOTEL ADFW4
1.35" -0.49"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
2" 2"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
12" 0"
fort collins 5.5 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1100
0.82" -0.35"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
23" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
35" 0"
loveland 2.3 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-854
2.02" -0.11"
fcl 2.2 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-273
0.56" -0.4"
monument 3s
SNOTEL DMDC2
0.31" -1.3"
fort collins 1.1 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-863
1.34" -0.25"
loveland 2.8 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1109
1.96" -0.08"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
9.86" -0.51"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
lyons 4.8 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-50
1.98" -0.3"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
28" 0"
fcl 1.7 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-320
2.2" -0.41"
estes park 1.7 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1115
5.75" -0.62"
lyons 0.3 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-146
0.56" -0.42"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
38" 0"
berthoud
SNOTEL ERTC2
0.73" -0.07"
monument 2.1 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-EP-17
0.11" -1.08"
loveland 2.4 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-676
2.02" -0.11"
conifer 3.2 sw, co
SNOTEL CO-JF-53
1.94" -0.48"
longmont 1.8 ene, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-352
0.44" -0.08"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
longmont 1.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-361
1.09" -0.02"
loveland 1.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-40
2.3" -0.22"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
49" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
7.24" -0.58"
estes park 1.8 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-767
3.58" -0.85"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
49" -1"
fort collins 3.4 n, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-653
0.69" -0.3"
nederland 2.61 nne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-75
1.25" -0.57"
allens park 1.5 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-22
8.48" -0.62"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
21.01" -0.47"
amrad
SNOTEL CNRC2
1.12" -0.52"
laramie 7sse
SNOTEL CMBW4
3.07" -0.45"
fort collins 2.8 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-75
1.92" -0.23"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" 0"
fort collins 2.8 w, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-1009
2.3" -0.14"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"
longmont 8.2 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-203
2.06" -0.01"
loveland 2.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-687
1.18" -0.08"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
26" -1"
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
33" 0"
nederland 0.4 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-322
4" -0.69"
rollinsville 1.7 e, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-25
1.75" -0.48"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
47" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
36" -1"
fort collins 4.2 s, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-758
2.66" -0.08"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
nederland 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-57
1.15" -0.8"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
erie 1.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-WE-209
0.34" -0.14"
fcl 1.7 se, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-295
1.78" -0.14"
berthoud 4.4 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-LR-922
1.18" -0.05"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
22" -1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
6" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Camp Dick 41 8,716 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Aspen Meadow - Golden Gate Canyon State Park 35 9,000 ft
Cold Springs 38 9,331 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Peaceful Valley 17 8,552 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Kelly Dahl 46 8,615 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 36" 31° 5.48"
Eldora Mountain Resort 22" 32° 3.42"
Echo Mountain Park 6" 32° 3.18"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Filter Plant 122.0cfs None Mi II to III+
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 8.83cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper North Fork 0.2cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 56.4cfs None Mi III- to III+
October Hole 9.49cfs None Mi II
Rustic (Upper) 54.5cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 9.49cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 54.5cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Lower Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Middle Narrows 54.5cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Upper Narrows 54.5cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower North Fork 54.5cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
NSV 9.49cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Upper Clear Creek 56.4cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Golden Whitewater Park 122.0cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Main Section 47.8cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Lower Boulder Canyon 40.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+