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
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
9 cfs 1.7 ft
Buckhorn Creek Near Masonville
USGS 06739500
4 cfs 6.5 ft
West Fork Clear Creek Abv Mouth Nr Empire
USGS 06716100
13 cfs 4.2 ft
West Cr. Abv Shrewsbury Gulch Nr Westcreek Co
USGS 06701700
1 cfs 5.3 ft
Plum Creek Near Sedalia
USGS 06709000
16 cfs 3.6 ft
Big Thompson River At Mouth
USGS 06744000
59 cfs 1.4 ft
So. Platte R. Blw Brush Cr. Nr Trumbull Co
USGS 06701900
112 cfs 3.2 ft
Colorado River At Windy Gap
USGS 09034250
77 cfs 3.5 ft
Trout Creek Blw Fern Cr Nr Westcreek
USGS 06701620
1 cfs 3.8 ft
South Platte River At Denver
USGS 06714000
95 cfs 2.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
University Camp
SNOTEL 838
8" 0"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
5" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
9" 0"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
14" 0"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
3" -1"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
12" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 1"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
16" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 1"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
6" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.7" -1.41"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
6" 0"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
15" 0"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
8" 1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
19" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.04" -0.56"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
16" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
14" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
4" -1"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
4" 1"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
11" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
4" 0"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
6" 1"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
18" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" -1"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Aspen Meadow - Golden Gate Canyon State Park 35 9,000 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Kelly Dahl 46 8,615 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Camp Dick 41 8,716 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Cold Springs 38 9,331 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Peaceful Valley 17 8,552 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 6" 43° 0.05"
Echo Mountain Park 0" 43° 0.05"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 5" 42° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Rustic (Upper) 60.3cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Narrows 60.3cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Lower Boulder Canyon 46.7cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Filter Plant 3.1cfs None Mi II to III+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 60.3cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Main Section 69.4cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper Narrows 60.3cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Gnar Section 237.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.57cfs None Mi V+
Upper Clear Creek 44.9cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 44.9cfs None Mi III- to III+
Upper North Fork 0.04cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
NSV 22.0cfs 13.0 Mi V+
October Hole 22.0cfs None Mi II
Filter Plant 3.1cfs None Mi II to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 22.0cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Middle Narrows 60.3cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Golden Whitewater Park 3.1cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Lower North Fork 60.3cfs 11.0 Mi III
Idledale to Morrison 10.1cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V