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 At Mouth
USGS 06730500
14 cfs 9.2 ft
Joe Wright Creek Above Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746095
17 cfs 4.5 ft
South Platte River At South Platte
USGS 06707500
710 cfs 3.5 ft
Ranch Creek Near Fraser
USGS 09032000
45 cfs 5.2 ft
Middle Boulder Creek At Nederland
USGS 06725500
149 cfs 1.9 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
49 cfs 7.4 ft
Fraser River At Upper Sta
USGS 09022000
25 cfs 1.3 ft
Boulder Creek Near Orodell
USGS 06727000
209 cfs 2.6 ft
S Clear Cr Abv Lwr Cabin Cr Res Spilwy Nr Georgtwn
USGS 06714500
20 cfs 1.1 ft
Cherry Creek Below Cherry Creek Lake
USGS 06713000
6 cfs 4.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Camp Dick 41 8,716 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Cold Springs 38 9,331 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Peaceful Valley 17 8,552 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Kelly Dahl 46 8,615 ft
Aspen Meadow - Golden Gate Canyon State Park 35 9,000 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Eldora Mountain Resort 24" 65° 0"
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 42" 64° 0"
Echo Mountain Park 18" 62° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Golden Whitewater Park 3.92cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Lower Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Middle Narrows 182.0cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Gnar Section 405.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
Upper Narrows 182.0cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 37.8cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Filter Plant 3.92cfs None Mi II to III+
Upper North Fork 27.7cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 60.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Boulder Canyon 42.0cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Upper South Boulder Creek 5.0cfs None Mi V+
Main Section 55.3cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Rustic (Upper) 182.0cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
Lower North Fork 182.0cfs 11.0 Mi III
October Hole 37.8cfs None Mi II
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 182.0cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
Upper Clear Creek 60.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
NSV 37.8cfs 13.0 Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 11.2cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V