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 Below Union Ave
USGS 06710247
84 cfs 11.2 ft
Bear Creek At Morrison
USGS 06710500
25 cfs 6.1 ft
Snake River Near Montezuma
USGS 09047500
11 cfs 1.0 ft
Williams Fork Above Darling Creek
USGS 09035700
7 cfs 6.7 ft
Sand Crk Abv Burlington Ditch Nr Commerce City
USGS 06714360
18 cfs 3.7 ft
Ranch Creek Blw Meadow Cr Nr Tabernash Co
USGS 09033100
10 cfs 6.7 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Harvard Gulch At Colorado Blvd.
USGS 06711570
0 cfs 9.5 ft
South Platte River At Waterton
USGS 06708000
18 cfs 0.6 ft
Fourmile Creek At Orodell
USGS 06727500
3 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
ward 4.6 ne, co
SNOTEL CO-BO-202
2.01" -1.14"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
High Lonesome
SNOTEL 1187
46" -1"
Hayden Pass
SNOTEL 1102
36" -2"
Wild Basin
SNOTEL 1042
39" 2"
Hourglass Lake
SNOTEL 1122
35" -2"
Glen Cove
SNOTEL 1057
14" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Niwot
SNOTEL 663
33" -1"
Echo Lake
SNOTEL 936
28" -1"
Bear Lake
SNOTEL 322
44" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Willow Park
SNOTEL 870
48" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Black Mountain
SNOTEL 1161
38" -2"
Lake Eldora
SNOTEL 564
30" -1"
Sawtooth
SNOTEL 1251
55" -1"
rollinsville 1.1 ssw, co
SNOTEL CO-GL-17
10.42" -1.24"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
cripple creek,co
SNOTEL CRIC2
4.71" -0.74"
Crow Creek
SNOTEL 1045
8" -2"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
cabin creek
SNOTEL GCRC2
13.79" -0.8"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kelly Dahl 46 8,615 ft
Aspen Meadow - Golden Gate Canyon State Park 35 9,000 ft
Meadow Park None 5,349 ft
Jacks Gulch 56 8,100 ft
Stove Prairie 9 6,068 ft
Cold Springs 38 9,331 ft
Reverends Ridge - Golden Gate State Park 106 9,105 ft
Pinewood Reservoir 22 6,604 ft
Ansel Watrous 16 5,839 ft
Olive Ridge 56 8,361 ft
Dutch George 20 6,520 ft
Lower Narrows 8 6,470 ft
Peaceful Valley 17 8,552 ft
Hermit Park Open Space None 8,313 ft
Kelly Flats 29 6,751 ft
Narrows 5 6,470 ft
Mountain Park 54 6,678 ft
Camp Dick 41 8,716 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Estes Park (Hidden Valley) 44" 43° 16.25"
Eldora Mountain Resort 30" 48° 13.27"
Echo Mountain Park 28" 45° 12.76"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Narrows 94.9cfs 1.0 Mi IV to V-
Golden Whitewater Park 1.98cfs 0.75 Mi II+
Rustic (Upper) 94.9cfs 20.0 Mi III to III+
October Hole 62.1cfs None Mi II
Upper Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Steven's Gulch to Bridges Take Out 94.9cfs 12.0 Mi III- to IV+
SSV - Confluence to Picnic Grounds 62.1cfs 5.0 Mi V to V+
Tunnel 1 to Golden Whitewater Park 46.7cfs None Mi III- to III+
Lower Narrows 94.9cfs 0.5 Mi V- to V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Upper South Boulder Creek 10.7cfs None Mi V+
Idledale to Morrison 10.6cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Upper North Fork 105.0cfs 9.0 Mi IV+ to V-
Lower North Fork 94.9cfs 11.0 Mi III
Upper Clear Creek 46.7cfs 2.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Lower Boulder Canyon 28.2cfs None Mi IV- to V-
Main Section 47.7cfs 3.0 Mi IV+ to V
Filter Plant 1.98cfs None Mi II to III+
Gnar Section 153.0cfs 1.0 Mi V+
NSV 62.1cfs 13.0 Mi V+